HCISD's Dual Language Academy is based on a bilingualeducation model where English and native Spanish speaking students work together and learn in two languages. By the end of the fifth grade, enrolled students will academically be at a grade level and equally proficient in English and Spanish. Currently the programs is offered at five elementary campuses: Houston, Lamar, Lee Means, Ben Milam and Wilson Elementary.
HCISD continues to bring classroom spaces into the 21st century. Through updates in furniture and technology, the school district is creating working environments that spark the 4 C’s: Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity and Communication. This project would not have been possible without the support of the Harlingen community and the passing of the Tax Ratification Election.
Statistics show that participation in organized swim lessons reduces the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88 percent. HCISD is committed to providing correct water safety education in a loving, fun and positively reinforced environment through the Safely Educating Aquatic Learners (SEAL) Program. Second graders participate in this water activity at the district’s new aquatic facility.
The newly introduced Tennis and First Tee Golf Program provides all of our third grade students with the opportunity to learn how to play golf and tennis. Along with the great exercise these sports provide, students develop valuable skills of responsibility, discipline, perseverance, problem solving and mental strength.As our district continues to enhance the elementary experience, HCISD is introducing a gardening program to all fourth grade classrooms. These students will get to experience growing their own plants as they develop an appreciation for the environment while cultivating the mind.
HCISD offers a highly interactive robotics program for all grade levels, that not only allows students hands on training with equipment, but provides the opportunity for them to design and create aspects of the machines as well. This program allows them to develop skills and interests in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Students showcase their skills and talents in state and national level robotics competitions.