About the Program
In the fall of 2016, Eanes ISD began a study to explore the possibility of a Spanish Immersion program at the elementary level. At that time, the campus charged with leading the study and pilot design was Cedar Creek Elementary. The guidance which emerged from this early work prompted the EISD School Board to approve the implementation of a three-year pilot program for grades K-2 at two elementary campuses, Cedar Creek Elementary and Bridge Point Elementary for the fall of 2017.
The benefits of implementing a language program designed for early elementary is evident from the initial research on the Utah Dual Language Immersion model as well as the data from the pilot program:
- Second Language Skills: Students achieve high proficiency in the immersion language.
- Performance on Standardized Tests: Immersion students perform as well as or better than non-immersion students on standardized tests in English.
- Cognitive Skills-Immersion students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased attention control, better memory, and superior problem-solving skills as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.
- Cultural Competency: Immersion students are more aware of and generally show more positive attitudes towards other cultures and an appreciation of other people.
- Long Term Benefits: Immersion students are better prepared for the global community and job markets. (Utah Dual Language Immersion, 2020)
Because of these benefits, two additional campuses, Eanes Elementary and Barton Creek Elementary, began the pilot in 2018 with their kindergarten classes. Each year the campuses have added the next grade level to the program so that the phase-in impact is minimal on staffing and successful for each new grade level involved in the transition. In the fall of 2019, the Eanes ISD School Board established a Spanish Immersion Advisory Committee charged with evaluating the pilot program for K-2 and providing data to determine if it should continue. The outcome of this work was that Futuro would continue at all four campuses involved in the pilot and the process of adding a grade level each year would continue. In response to the board decision, a Spanish Immersion Advisory Committee was formed. The members included teachers, parents and administrators. The group visited program models in Davis and Canyon school districts in Utah, Barrington 220 in Chicago and Zilker Elementary in Austin. Based on the model programs and committee input, recommendations for program implementation addressed the challenges and administrative decisions which emerged from the fall work. A priority outcome of the work of both committees is that all students on the immersion campuses share experiences for multicultural events and a bilingual campus environment.
Campus Programs Fall 2020
Barton Creek Elementary K-2
Bridge Point Elementary K-3
Cedar Creek Elementary- K-3
Eanes Elementary- K-2
The program begins in kindergarten and will continue through fifth-grade at the four elementary schools, eventually extending into middle school. Families who enroll a student in Futuro must commit to the program for its entirety from the child's entry point through fifth-grade to receive the full benefit and continuity of language immersion across the elementary grades.
Eanes ISD has structured the program so that students can acquire academic benefits at milestone transition points of 5th and 8th grades. The outcome of participation in the program through fifth grade is the opportunity to earn high school credit for Spanish I based on participation and a proficiency assessment. Students who remain in the program through middle school possibly have the opportunity to earn up to three additional high school credits and the Texas Seal of Biliteracy which appears on the high school diploma. Upon entering high school, students will be eligible for advanced courses including dual enrollment or instruction in a third or fourth language.
5 years participation + proficiency assessment
Spanish 1 = 1 High School Credit
Secondary Maximum Possible Credits
Spanish 2, Spanish 3 Pre-AP and Spanish 4 AP Language & Culture or Cultural Focus= 3 Credits
Texas Seal of Biliteracy
AP Spanish 5 Literature & Culture or Dual Enrollment (College) or Third(+) Language