At McMeen one of our greatest resources is cultural and linguistic diversity. We have a range of programs devoted to recognizing, supporting, and elevating our diversity!
For ECE -1st grade we offer a 2-way Dual Language program that provides bilingual instruction to both students who speak Spanish and those who speak English at home. The goal is to build bilingualism, biliteracy, and high academic achievement in both English and Spanish. For 2nd-5th grade we offer native language instruction to native Spanish speakers.
Bi- and multilingual 3rd- and 5th-graders can apply for and win the Pathways to the Seal of Biliteracy award through a series of monthly activities that support the development of two or more languages. In the 2019 school year 57 students from five different language groups won the award. We can’t wait to grow that list!
Many of our students come from Arabic speaking countries. To support these students our three full-time Arabic speaking paraprofessionals push into classroom to provide native language support while our students are accessing grade-level content in English.
ELA-PAC is the organization in charge of communication between parents and the school regarding English Language Acquisition programming. All ELA Program schools must have an ELA-PAC, according to a court-ordered consent decree.
June 5 Informational Meeting – Below are the documents from our June 5th Dual-Language Informational Meeting designed to communicate information about our Dual-Language program to families.
If you would like to get involved or need more information about biliteracy at McMeen please send an email.