Did you know? Bilingual elementary students have an academic advantage as they enter middle and high school.
In addition to developing strong communication skills and above-average performance in the areas of divergent thinking, pattern recognition, and problem-solving, students understand that global citizenship means valuing diversity, global perspectives, and the inter-connectedness of all people.
Interested in getting your student on board? Here are two Wake County Magnet Schools that emphasize developing bilingual skills + global citizenship.
Dillard Drive Magnet Elementary School
Serving students in the western portion of Wake County, Dillard Drive Magnet Elementary School ensures students have proficient bilingual skills and focuses on fostering diverse relationships and making a positive impact in the world. Dillard’s core pillars of learning are:
- Spanish Immersion: In this 90/10 immersion model, students learn in Spanish for the majority of the day, developing fluency in reading, writing, speaking and listening in Spanish and English.
- World language electives: All students explore French or Spanish language and culture.
- Global studies: Students learn about cultures, experiences, and challenges across the globe within each of their content area classes.
Smith Magnet Elementary School
- Dual language instruction: Students can engage in 50/50 model with 50% Spanish + 50% English instruction, which promotes both bilingualism and biliteracy.
- World language courses: All students take a daily course in Spanish or Mandarin.
- The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme: Governed by the International Baccalaureate Organization — representing 60+ countries and serving two million students worldwide each year — this program emphasizes transdisciplinary instruction across subjects and allows students to gain in-depth insight into diverse cultures.