We are committed to creating a joyful, relationship-based community with rigorous instruction that is relevant to the development of bi-literate, globally minded students.
Henry Zarrow International School is one of two immersion schools in the TPS district and focuses on teaching English-dominant students to become bilingual in Spanish. Students from each quadrant of the city are accepted through a lottery process and begin receiving instruction primarily in Spanish beginning in kindergarten. Since students begin the process in early elementary school, their brains are physiologically primed for language learning, and they learn the second language proficiently with a near-native accent. Teachers in our school represent 13 countries and are either native Spanish speakers or demonstrate near-native proficiency.
Over time, instruction in English is gradually added and, by 5th grade, students are learning 50% of the time in English and 50% of the time in Spanish.
Bilingualism increases brain cognition by utilizing the highest levels of thinking, focus, and awareness. Bilingual children who are educated in their second language have been seen to outperform single language children in their native language.