Sue Shook Dual Language Academy set to open for 2019-20 school year

The Socorro Independent School District is gearing up for a new year at the new Dual Language Academy/Academia de Dos Idiomas.

“Opening this academy is a dream come true,” said Lucia Borrego, SISD chief academic officer. “It took a lot of effort and team work to get it going. None of this would be possible without the vision and support of our Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza, our board of trustees, cabinet members, and the awesome principals, teachers and staff. Their passion is incredible.”

The Dual Language Academy is opening for the 2019-20 school year at Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary, 13777 Paseo del Este in Horizon.  The other academy will open at Myrtle Cooper Elementary, 1515 Rebecca Ann Drive.

Students will follow a 50:50 instruction model with 50 percent of the learning time in English, and 50 percent in Spanish.

The district selected its first Dual Language Academy cohort at a lottery event on April 26. The program will welcome two sections of kindergarten and first-grade students at each school.

To prepare for a successful first year, teachers and staff engaged in plenty of professional development, and students participated in a summer bridge camp to ensure a smooth transition into the program.

“Our students, teachers, and families are very excited about the Dual Language Academy and we are looking forward to a great year,” said Juan Berumen, the instructional officer for the Dual Language Academy.

“Our summer bridge camp helped our students get comfortable with the new setting, learning the new language in preparation for the first day of school.”

Being a dual language learner helps students become bilingual, biliterate and more culturally aware.

“My son really enjoyed the camp,” said Leslie Covarrubias, a parent of a first-grade student at Myrtle Cooper. “I like that they are teaching him proper Spanish, and after the camp, I’ve even heard him singing Spanish songs.”

Teachers enjoyed the camp, too, and are excited to welcome their students on the first day of school, July 29.

“This is such a great program and it will better serve our students and community,” said Fatima Chavez, a dual language teacher at Dr. Sue A. Shook. “

To learn more about SISD’s Dual Language Academy, visit the website.

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