Through the district’s Dual Language program, students maintain their first language while adding a second language, and they develop pride in their own language and culture while developing an understanding of the cultures and traditions of others. Leander ISD offers both two-way (for Spanish-speaking and English-speaking students) and one-way (for Spanish-speaking students) approaches.

Leander ISD adopted the Gomez & Gomez Dual Language Enrichment model for all bilingual classrooms in 2009. The goal of bilingual education under this model is to produce students who are bilingual, bi-literate, academically successful and socio-culturally competent.

About Dual Language Education

“Dual language education is an effective program for developing language and content in two languages while students develop sociocultural competence. The three pillars, or goals, of dual language education are the promotion of 

  • Bilingualism and biliteracy
  • Grade-level academic achievement in both languages
  • Sociocultural competence

Students maintain their first language while adding a second language, and they develop pride in their own language and culture while developing an understanding of the cultures and traditions of others.” -Center for Applied Linguistics 

“Middle and high school students are in the process of becoming young adults, and the secondary DL program gives DL students opportunities to prove to themselves how their bilingual/multicultural capabilities will be important to their adult lives. By building on and expanding their bilingual proficiency, content mastery, and cross-cultural understanding that was begun in elementary school, DL students in middle school begin to see how their DL education is relevant to their future. DL secondary students are preparing to function at high cognitive levels in their evolving bilingual/multicultural contexts as adults in their home communities and in professional contexts.”  -Dr. Ginger Collier and WayneThomas

Two Approaches under the Dual Language Enrichment Model

Two-Way Dual Language
Supports “two language” groups of students to become bilingual, bi-literate and socio-culturally competent. For example, both Spanish-speaking and English-speaking students learn in both languages. LISD implemented this approach in the fall of 2014 at Reed Elementary and the next year at Whitestone, beginning in Kinder. In the fall of 2018 LISD began implementation in Kinder at Bagdad and Knowles. In 2020 LISD added the program in middle school at Henry and Danielson.

One-Way Dual Language
Supports “one language” groups of students to become bilingual, bicultural, and bi-literate. For example, students whose primary language is Spanish learn in English and Spanish. Since 2009, LISD has been implementing this approach for students whose primary language is Spanish and who are not yet proficient in English upon entering school. Currently PreKinder is the only grade level that remains a One-Way program.

Current Dual Language Schools

Two-Way DLE, Kinder-5th grades, PreKinder is One-Way:

  • Bagdad Elementary 
    800 Deercreek Ln
    Leander, TX 78641
    512 570-5900
  • Knowles Elementary
    2101 Cougar Country Dr
    Leander, TX 78641
    512 570-6200

Two-Way DLE in all grades at:

  • Reed Elementary 
    1515 Little Elm Trl.
    Cedar Park, TX 78613
    512 570-7700
  • Whitestone Elementary
    2000 Crystal Falls Pkwy
    Leander, TX 78641
    512 570-7400

One-Way DLE in PreK:

  • Faubion Elementary
    1209 Cypress Creek Rd
    Cedar Park, Tx 78613
    512 570-7500

Two-Way DLE in all grades at middle school:

  • Danielson Middle School
    1061 Collaborative Way
    Leander, TX 78641
    512 570-3900
  • Henry Middle School
    100 N Vista Ridge Blvd
    Cedar Park, Tx 78613
    512 570-3400

If you need to request a transfer to continue in the Dual Language program submit this Transfer request form

Application to participate in Dual Language Kinder 2024/25

The Dual Language Application for 2024-2025 for incoming kindergarten students is available now. Applications must be turned in to LISD, online, in person or via mail by Friday, May 3, 2024, at 5 p.m. to be considered for the program. Applications received after May 3, 2024, may be placed on a waitlist.

Dual Language Application– EnglishDual Language Application – Spanish


Dual Language Community Information Nights

Community Information Nights for interested families will be in the following dates:

  • Wednesday Jan.10, 2024 6:00-7:00pm location: Bagdad Elementary Library
  • Wednesday Jan. 17, 2024 6:00-7:00pm location: Reed Elementary Library
  • Tuesday Feb. 6, 2024 6:00-7:00pm location:  Knowles Elementary Library
  • Thursday Feb. 8, 2024 6:00-7:30pm location: Henry Middle School
  • Monday, March 4, 2024 6:00-7:00pm location: Faubion Elementary Library 
  • Thursday, April 4, 2024 virtual presentation 6:00-7:00pm
    ***please use the following Google Meets link
  • Thursday April 18, 2024 6:00-7:30pm location: Whitestone Elementary Library

We look forward to sharing information with you!

Dual Language events

Dual Language Family Collaboration Nights

Designed to facilitate collaboration among our Dual Language community stakeholders. Families, children, parents and teachers come together 4 evenings out of the school year. There is time for food and fellowship. While children play together, parents and teachers in the Dual Language program learn how to support their children’s academic growth and development. We hold the meetings for all families in the program at a different campus each night in order to strengthen the program across all 7 Dual Language campuses. 

The four meeting dates for the 2023-24 school year are: 

  • Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Bagdad Elementary School:
    Summary of the event English and Spanish
  • Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Faubion Elementary School:
    Summary of the event English and Spanish
  • Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Henry Middle School
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024 from 6-7:30 p.m at Whitestone Elementary School

Other Dual Language Events

  • Dec. 2, 2023: 10th Annual Spanish Poetry Festival
    Summary of the event English and Spanish
  • Feb. 17, 2024: 3rd Annual Global Languages & Cultures Film Festival
    We invite all multilingual students to submit videos. We are interested in student created videos by all age ranges (EC-12), a variety of genres and topics. Here is all of the information you need to submit videos

Language of Instruction 

Language Arts

  • Pre-K, Kinder, & Grade 1: Formally develop literacy in Spanish for all students
  • Grade 2 through Grade 5: In both languages
  • Grades 6-8: A minimum of 2 courses in Spanish; One of the two courses has Spanish Language Arts as a primary focus

Mathematics

  • Pre-K through Grade 5: In English

Science and Social Studies

  • Pre-K through Grade 5: In Spanish
  • Grades 6-8: A minimum of 2 courses in Spanish; Currently students take their Social Studies course in Spanish

Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction

More coming soon!

Featured Dual Language Learning

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