Heritage Language Programs

Spanish - Mandarin - Russian

What is Heritage Language?

Heritage Language is literacy and core content instruction through two languages. Parents who enroll their children in a Heritage Language program at David A. Boody are expected to make a three year commitment. 

Our Program is Unique:

The Heritage Language programs at David A. Boody are aligned to citywide goals and the Common Core Learning Standards. In doing so, students are prepared for academic and career success the moment they enter our doors. Our program reflects the collaborative efforts of our district, staff, and professional development consultants.

Heritage Language teachers receive ample professional development support so that they can develop language objectives in addition to content objectives. They are trained and coached in research-based strategies in order to make instruction accessible to all students.

Program Design:

Heritage Language students receive home language instruction in Social Studies. .

  • Language choices: Spanish, Mandarin, or Russian
  • Literacy is taught in both the home language and English
  • ESL (English as a Second Language) services are provided to support our students who are recent immigrants
  • Students are also enrolled in cultural literacy enrichment classes to provide rich context for learning
  • In order to strengthen parent support and communication, free adult ESL classes are offered every Wednesday evening.
Magnet Programming: 
Students that are chosen for the Heritage Language program still chooses a magnet of their choice. 
How do I enroll my child?

All 5th grade parents wishing to enroll their child in a Heritage Language program at David A. Boody must complete the following:

1. Attend an open house.

2. Complete the screening process, which includes a parent interview with the program director and a student assessment.

3. If your child qualifies and is accepted into the program, sign a commitment letter.

4. Register the child at David A. Boody.

5. Attend a Parent Orientation session during the summer before classes begin.