Dual Language Magnet
The El Paso High Dual Language Magnet Program (DL) achieves second language acquisition by native English and native Spanish speakers at an exceptionally high academic ability. Students are not just learning a second language; they are learning in that second language.
- Classes taught 50% in English and 50% in Spanish
- Program is skill specific, not career specific
- Students earn qualified hours in medical interpretation
The El Paso Independent School District’s first dual language program was established at Mesita Elementary School during the late 1990’s. The “Connecting Worlds – Mundos Unidos” Gifted and Talented Dual Language Program quickly gained national attention and was recognized as one of the nations most innovative programs. In 2003, the school was awarded the prestigious multi-million dollar Jacob K. Javits Grant. By 2004, programs were established at Wiggs Middle School and El Paso High School. El Paso High School graduated its first cohort in the spring of 2007. To date, graduates of the program have gone on to earn tens of thousands in scholarships and have been accepted to the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities.
* The Dual Language Magnet can be taken in combination with the EPHS T-STEM Academy and/or AP Capstone.
Dual Language Students are expected to complete at least 12 dual language courses and two or more advanced measures during their four years at El Paso High School.