Sealy ISD’s new elementary school is scheduled for completion in August and when students begin attending classes there, the building won’t be the only thing that’s new.
Sealy Elementary School, now under construction on F.M. 2187, will be offering a program – starting at the kindergarten level – to teach students a second language.
“It’s a two-way dual language program where half the classes are English-speaking only and the other half will be only speaking Spanish and they will start together,” Superintendent Sheryl Moore said. “The goal is by the third grade they will be able to speak, read and write in two languages.”
Program enrollment is voluntary but Moore said she expects it to be a popular option among parents given the benefits it can have for the children. She also said the school board opted to keep the program at the elementary level for now to ensure it is implemented correctly.
“We don’t want it to be so big at first because we want to make sure we’re doing this right,” Moore said. “The kids who are zoned in Selman [Elementary School] that are interested in that program will be bussed to the new elementary school.”
The program will eventually be offered on the Selman campus once it begins to grow and becomes more popular. Moore said the board decided it wanted to ensure the fair balance of opportunities between both campuses which is why they have the goal to implement it at Selman in the future.
“The program is still available to students from both schools, it will just be housed in one,” Moore said. “We worked really hard to get that balance right so we took that part of it very seriously.”
Moore said the start date for Sealy Elementary will be decided on in the coming weeks.