Texas district may launch Spanish classes at elementary schools

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Park Cities parents want their kids to learn foreign languages at a younger age, and they’d like them to start with Spanish.

Ninety-one percent of Highland Park ISD parents said in a district survey that elementary school is the most appropriate time to begin studying a second language. Three-quarters said they would like their children to learn Spanish, with some preferring Mandarin or French.

With that strong parent support, Highland Park ISD administrators are planning a new elementary foreign language program. The survey was part of a feasibility report by a committee of parents, teachers and administrators who researched and visited elementary programs across the country.

The committee report, presented to the school board this month, was funded by a grant from La Fiesta de Seis Banderas, a Park Cities nonprofit that raises money for charities. School board members expressed support for the elementary language program and said they will consider how to fund it.

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