World Languages & International Business Initiative
An HEB ISD Schools of Choice Program
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World Languages & International Business Initiative are special opportunities offered to students through HEB ISD's Schools of Choice program. Students in these programs have the opportunity to learn high-demand global languages -- Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, or Arabic -- offered by few public school districts.
The World Language program is offered at Viridian Elementary from first grade through sixth grade. International Business Initiative (IBI) courses begin in seventh grade at Central Junior High. High school students at both L.D. Bell and Trinity High Schools can also participate in IBI through courses at Bell and Trinity.
For more information about applying for World Languages & International Business Initiative, visit the HEB ISD Transfers webpage...
Students with the Skills to Compete
India, China, and the Middle East are powerful players in the global economy and international relations. Our students need to be given the skills to compete with the best of the students from these regions for access to the best schools and the best jobs. One way that HEB ISD provides students an edge over their international competition is to give them opportunities to learn a second language. Being Different by Design, HEB ISD offers students the unique academic challenge to learn Arabic, Hindi or Mandarin Chinese beginning as early as the first grade. Our aligned course of study then continues all the way through graduation.
Elementary: World Languages
The elementary World Languages Schools of Choice Program is the first of its kind in HEB ISD. In grades 1-3, students explore all three languages, building a strong foundation in the associated history, traditions, art, and music as well as an understanding of oral vocabulary skills. In grades 4-6, formal target language instruction can begin. Structured inquiry, critical thinking, and real world problem solving will provide the framework for exploration of language, art, music, geography, and history at each grade level. Participating students will leave sixth grade with an academic edge if they choose to continue instruction in their chosen language through HEB ISD's International Business Initiative.
Junior High & High School: International Business Initiative
The IBI program begins in seventh grade and continues through high school. In addition to acquiring formal linguistic skills in these languages, students will develop an in-depth understanding of the cultures, history, and economics of the regions where these languages are spoken, and in so doing, gain a better appreciation of the role the United States plays in this global economy.
As students continue their studies in high school, the district offers study abroad opportunities with host families and partner schools in India, China, and Morocco. Students interested in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program may take their language B course and exam in their IBI language.