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Austin ISD Elementary School Program Portfolio
Welcome! Austin ISD is proud to offer dozens of special programs at every grade level. From STEM to global studies to entrepreneurship, and much more, courses of study and individual classes are designed to engage students throughout their school careers.
This page showcases programs offered to our elementary school students.
Blackshear Elementary School Fine Arts Academy
Blackshear Elementary School Fine Arts Academy, a National Blue Ribbon School, is the first elementary school in Austin ISD devoted to the arts.
Through vision and dedication, Blackshear gives students a space to perform academically, socially and artistically every day. Each morning, students focus on academic programs and then progress to an afternoon of experiential fine arts learning, which includes ballet, music, theater and graphic arts. Students also participate in specialty clubs that extend classroom learning through the incorporation of technology, exercise, health and nutrition, and the arts.
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Doss Elementary School Mandarin Immersion Program
The Foreign Language Immersion program at Doss Elementary School supports primarily English-dominant students to become bilingual, bicultural and biliterate in English and Mandarin.
Half of the school day—language arts and social studies—is taught in English and the other half—math and science—is taught in the partner language, with a Chinese Literacy portion built into the day. As kindergarten through fifth-grade immersion students learn Mandarin, they increase their academic performance across content areas, develop an appreciation for diversity and for learning about other cultures, and are better prepared to be successful in college, career and life.
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Spanish/English Dual Language Programs
Austin ISD Dual Language students develop a high academic and linguistic proficiency in two languages by participating in a rigorous academic program that enhances the development of bilingualism, biculturalism and biliteracy.
Students in these Pre-K through fifth-grade programs graduate ready for college, career and life in a globally competitive economy. Our one-way dual-language program serves only those students learning English. Our two-way dual-language programs integrate students proficient in English as well as students identified as English language learners. Both are full-time programs of academic instruction in English and Spanish, with a minimum of 50 percent of instructional time in each language.
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