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Old 01-27-2013, 01:38 PM
 
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Does anyone have any recommendations for dual-language programs in Austin that are also in good schools? It seems like most immersion programs are in schools that don't have very high rankings on greatschools. Thoughts about this?
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:53 PM
 
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Does anyone know anything about Brentwood's program? That school seems to be fairly highly ranked on greatschools. Thanks.
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:27 PM
 
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All the programs are good and well-received. They are popular and used to boost enrollment and parent involvement in central Austin schools that serve diverse populations which is why some have lower rankings on greatschools. Greatschools reviews also tend to lag what is happening on the ground by 2-3 years especially as schools turn around (that is good reputations tend to linger and less stellar reputations can take years and year to overcome).

Brentwood, Ridgetop, Sunset Valley, Becker and Travis Heights all have good dual language programs. Travis Heights is AISD's first in-district charter! And THE kids also get instruction in Korean.

You need to visit these schools in person to get a sense of which would be a fit for you.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:37 AM
 
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Oak Hill just started a dual-language (Spanish... which almost all are) program for K-2. I hear they have had a few teething issues in their first year but hopefully it will be up to speed for next year. They are currently limited by getting enough Spanish-dominant students to pair up with English dominant students.
Our son is in 1st grade at Sunset Valley, where the majority of kids K-2 (including the principal's own daughter) are in the program and it's very well integrated into the whole school. We love it.
Generally, you have to start at Kindergarten but if your child already has both languages you might be able to transfer in, although there was a waitlist at both Oak Hill and Sunset Valley.
It's a great program and I think it will help schools that have generally had poor standardized test scores in the past.
My personal opinion is that my son will benefit more from being exposed to more languages and cultures than he would by trying to stand out from the legion of upper-class kids at the "good" schools.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:35 PM
 
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Interesting. So you like Sunset Valley? That is good to know. Our other option is Mathews, which is what we are (or, will be, as we are moving) zoned for. I like how diverse Mathews is and that it's not just an "upper class" school (from what I can tell) and that, from scores at least, it seems like a good school. I like all of that, but I really would like my daughter in an immersion program.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:50 PM
 
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My son went to Ridgetop for a couple of years for a pre-K program and I wouldn't have a problem with him going there for elementary (although I prefer that he is going to Lee).
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