Language Development

At Harris we are dedicated to Dual Language Development. In the last few years, our Dual Language program has celebrated 25 years. Our program is based on the two-way immersion model which honors and supports both Spanish and English development for all learners.  Students begin with a 60/40 program for Kindergarten through 2nd grade, and transition to a 50/50 program for 3rd-5th grade. This model helps students to develop literacy skills in their 1st language and transition to literacy in both languages in 4th and 5th grade. 

In 2018, Harris created a partnership with Boltz Middle School to continue the dual language program in 6th and 7th grade. Harris also established criteria for 5th graders to receive the Pathway Certificate of Biliteracy. These certificates are awarded each spring during the 5th grade Promotion Ceremony.

Biliteracy Seal

Please see our Spanish Language Development (SLD) and English Language Development (ELD) pages for more information.