It’s nothing new to these kids, but as dual language students move up into middle school, their course work will be taught in two languages. The experience of providing dual language instruction is new to the middle school, however.
Whitson Elementary Fifth grader Trip Carter is a native English speaker who has been instructed at school in Spanish and English since kindergarten.
“It’s fun to learn a new language because you can speak to other people that you probably couldn’t normally speak to,” he said Wednesday.
It’s a milestone year in Topeka Unified School District 501’s bilingual programs. The inaugural class of 20 dual language students will be the first to bring the bilingual program to middle school. It will also be the first year that Scott Dual Language Magnet Elementary School will offer bilingual curriculum in all grades preschool through fifth grade.
“I’ve been telling the kids, we’re making history,” said Scott principal Sarah Lucero.