Tomball ISD students will get a chance to learn in both English and Spanish as the school district rolls out a new dual language program for the 2019-2020 school year.
The school board approved the program in January to begin at Rosehill Elementary in August.The new program would group together students who speak primarily Spanish with English-speaking students. This two-way model is different than the dual language program already implemented at six district schools. Tomball ISD currently offers a dual language one-way program at Rosehill, Decker Prairie, Canyon Point and Tomball Elementary Schools as well as Oakcrest and Tomball Intermediate Schools.
The district will continue to provide the one-way model even as the new two-way program starts in the fall at Rosehill Elementary. The two-way dual language model is being implemented after the district heard from parents who expressed an interest in their children learning Spanish. The school board approved the program for kindergarten through fourth grade. Trustees would need to vote to approve the program for additional grade levels before two-way dual language classes could be provided in fifth grade, or beyond.
Families who choose to participate in the program would need to apply. Applications for the program can be submitted between Monday, April 1 and Friday, April 19. Tomball ISD will host meetings to provide parents with more information about the program and how to apply. The meetings are scheduled for March 26, March 28 and April 1at Rosehill Elementary at 17950 Waller Tomball Road.
Source: Houston Chronicle