While Herod's Magnet program is Vanguard, we are proud to also offer HISD's first Dual Language program which started in 1994. Herod’s Dual Language Program is a Bilingual Program model whereby an equal combination of English Language Learners (ELL) and fluent English speaking students are taught together to develop full bilingualism and bi-literacy for both groups. The program is designed to teach children a second language in a natural way through subject content instruction and every day classroom conversation.
All participating students receive instruction in language arts and content subjects primarily in Spanish in the early grades (K-2), and gradually increase their English instruction until reaching a level of proficiency in both languages that leads to a 50% Spanish/ 50% English curriculum in grades 3-5.
Dual Language students at Herod will develop fluency and literacy in Spanish and English, achieve proficiency in all academic subjects, meeting or exceeding district guidelines, and acquire an understanding and appreciation of other cultures.
Each classroom is guided by a teacher who holds bilingual certification. Content instruction is presented through integrated thematic units. Other teaching techniques include cooperative learning, natural approach to second language acquisition, sheltered instruction, and activity-based small group instruction.
Parent involvement is an integral part of the program. Parents are considered their child's first teacher and are encouraged to become actively involved in their child's education. Parents are invited to volunteer in the immersion classrooms. It is essential that language development be supported through family activities at home.
PLEASE NOTE: Herod's magnet program is Vanguard, however, we do accept applications to our Dual Language program. Paper applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available on the Herod Elementary School website beginning September 28, 2018, or at the front desk. Paper applications must be turned in to the school by December 7, 2018. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO APPLY TO THE DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM USING THE HISDCHOICE WEBSITE. Tours will be held every Thursday morning at 9:00 AM beginning on October 4, 2018. No appointments are necessary. Please stop in and see us!
For further information or to make an appointment, please call (713) 778-3315.