ABOUT LAS AMERICAS MIDDLE SCHOOL
MOTTO: “We embrace diversity, it’s what makes us great.”
OUR VISION: All students, regardless of prior education or knowledge, can become proficient English Language readers, writers, listeners, and speakers with guided and structured instruction in a secure environment.
HISTORY: This school, located in southwest Houston, was actually a combination of three different schools under one roof. One of the schools, Las Américas, served two different student populations, and was named for the apartment complex surrounding the building. It served prekindergarten and kindergarten students on the first floor and grades 6-8 on the second. Kaleidoscope, a charter school that occupied the building’s top floor, also served grades 6–8. Las Américas, originally a relief facility for Leroy Cunningham Elementary School, moved to its Glenmont location in 2000, and 6501 Bellaire Blvd. in 2007.
ABOUT LAS AMERICAS: Las Americas Middle School is a newcomer campus that educates recent immigrant and refugee students who have no or very limited English language proficiency and who often have had a limited formal education in their native countries.
At Las Americas, our goal is to help students acquire beginning English skills, provide instruction in core academic content areas. Guide student’s acculturation into the U.S. school system, and to accelerate the students’ learning so they can transition to other programs and be prepared for the literacy and content demands of mainstream courses.
COUNTRIES REPRESENTED: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Columbia, Chile, China, Cameroon, Congo, Cuba, Darfur, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, India, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zambia.
LANGUAGES REPRESENTED: Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Cantonese, Castellano, Dzonkha, Farsi, French, Fur, Hindi, Kanuri, Karan, Kibembe, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kunama, Lingala, Luganda, Madingo, Mandarin, Nepali, Swahili, Oromoo, Oromiya, Persian, Punjabi, Quichè, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPONENTS OF OUR PROGRAM:
Las Américas Middle School has implemented a sophisticated program for “Newcomers” that is designed to meet both their language proficiency and their academic needs while also addressing their acclamation to different cultures. The school offers nine levels of English proficiency.
5th to 6th
On Grade Level