Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About 2021–22 Dual Language Services in 6th & 7th Grades

What is the goal of Dual Language in middle school?

“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 Dr. Wayne Thomas 

What courses will students take?

In order to be considered Dual Language in secondary, students must take a minimum of 2 courses in Spanish.  One of the two courses must have Language Arts as the major focus. 

  • 6th Grade: 8652DL Global Studies
    An academic Spanish Language Arts elective in which students explore global issues in a PBL format, with emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing 
  • 6th grade: Social Studies – World Cultures in Spanish
  • Additional possible electives in Spanish: Intro to STEM and Leadership (@ DMS)
  • 7th Grade: 8752DL Media Studies for Advocacy
    An academic Spanish Language Arts elective, in which students use podcasting, vlogging, public speaking and other journalistic skills to identify and offer solutions to community problems
  • 7th Grade: Social Studies – Texas History in Spanish (@HMS)
  • Entrepreneurship (MXINC) / Leadership (@DMS)

Can students take AP courses?

Currently, no, there are no AP classes in middle school except for Spanish 4 AP in 8th grade. We expect all Dual Language students to take AP Spanish 4 in 8th grade, and to take AP Spanish 5 in high school.  AP courses for other content areas are available in high school. 

Will students be able to participate in band, choir, athletics and other activities?

Yes! We expect to offer academic electives and core courses in Spanish that are engaging and interesting for students. 

What will happen for students who need Dyslexia, QUEST & Special Education?

Students will continue to receive Dyslexia and Special Education services. The Dual Language Enrichment model is an approach designed to serve gifted students. All DL teachers are trained to serve gifted students. The academic electives in Spanish at each grade level are Problem Based Learning courses designed to meet gifted students needs and can take the place of Quest in student’s schedules.

Will students always take the same courses in Spanish, like in Elementary?

The goal of Dual Language in secondary expands to include high cognitive levels within bilingual and multicultural contexts to prepare for professional adult lives.  Dual Language secondary will include a large variety of courses across both languages.  Students will not always have the same core content in Spanish like they did in elementary.  Students leave elementary prepared to take coursework in either language.

If we are not zoned for Henry or Danielson MS, can we still participate?

Yes, it is possible; however, space is limited at Danielson and Henry for transfer students. If you are interested in a transfer to Danielson or Henry to participate in Dual Language, please contact the campus registrar.  At DMS contact Rachel Pulley, rachel.pulley@leanderisd.org, 512-570-3900 and at HMS contact Kari Swartz, kari.swartz@leanderisd.org, 512-570-3400.

Will we have to request a transfer every year to continue in Dual Language if we are not zoned to the DL middle school?

No, there is no need to request a transfer every year. Once participation in the dual language program at Danielson or Henry is approved, we hope that you will attend the same school for all three years.

Will transportation be provided if we want to continue in Dual Language but do not live in the school zone for Danielson nor Henry?

Unfortunately Leander ISD is not able to offer transportation if you are not zoned to a Dual Language middle school campus.  Parents who wish their child to participate will need to provide their own transportation.