POSTED: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 8:28am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 9:35am
A school in the Ysleta Independent School District is adding a language program in the next academic year. Eastwood Knolls will now be teaching students Mandarin Chinese and will continue to develop the program over the next three years.
Starting in August of this year, the school will be adding the Chinese program to its dual-language Spanish-English program for kindergarten through sixth grade. New students will study all three languages, although existing students in the monolingual English program can continue the next academic year with no changes to their classes.
The school's name is also changing to Eastwood Knolls International School of Choice. The school hired one teacher to instruct the courses in Chinese, and is considering adding programs in German and Japanese as well.
There is a community meeting Tuesday evening at 6 for parents and students interested in the program.