Leal MS students complete dual language program

Leal MS students complete dual language program
Posted on 05/19/2017

The very first dual language cohort at the middle school level is completing the program this school year. The group celebrated their accomplishment with a special ceremony on May 16.

A total of 34 Leal Middle School students received diplomas for completing a decade in the bilingual program. The students began taking dual language classes in pre-k and made it through their eighth grade year.

Their hard-work culminated in taking the AP Spanish exam earlier this month. This means that as eight grade students, they had the opportunity to earn college credits in middle school. 

Dual language student Francisco Hernandez is thankful for the opportunities the program offered him.

“I’ve been in this program for 10 years and every year I learned something new, I never digressed, but rather kept climbing up,” Francisco said. “Now as an eighth grade student, I have learned so much”

He also stressed the importance of being bilingual. 

“It is so important to know two languages because it doesn’t only help you, but it also helps all of the people around you,” Francisco added.

Dual language student Rozlyn Torres didn’t know any Spanish prior to being a part of the program.

“When I started the program in elementary school, I didn’t know how to speak Spanish,” Rozlyn explained. “I have acquired skills that help me read, write and speak in English and Spanish. I know that being bilingual will benefit me in the future.”

Way to go, Leal MS students!

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