Wimbish World Language Academy

Arlington’s Only Dual Language Program with French and Spanish

Dual Language Immersion

French or Spanish

Multicultural Education

Your child is unique and talented. But how do you know if a dual language academy is right for them?

They love to look
at and read books.

They started talking early and progressed quickly to full sentences.

They enjoy learning new words and can imitate words and sounds easily.

They like to
try new things.

If your child loves to visit the library and shows an interest in other people, a dual language program might be just right for them.

Learn more about Wimbish Academy!

This is your chance to learn about the programs offered at Wimbish World Language Academy! In-person informational meetings are being held at Wimbish Academy on December 6 from 6-7 p.m. and on January 10 from 6-7 p.m.

Wimbish World Language Academy offers your child everything they need to explore their creative gifts and talents.

Wimbish World Language Academy is Arlington ISD’s first and only dual language academy that offers both Spanish and French tracks.

A Wimbish World Language Academy education features:

  • Students fully immersed in a dual-language 50/50 program in French or Spanish
  • Language Arts and Social Studies taught in English and Math and Science in Spanish or French
  • Foreign language electives starting in second grade with a choice of French, Spanish or Mandarin

A dual language education at Wimbish World Language Academy offers so many student benefits:

  • Students become bilingual and bi-literate by the end of sixth grade
  • Cultural awareness is built as students participate in multicultural experiences
  • Students are prepared to navigate an increasingly diverse community and global market

How to launch your child’s dual language education:

  • Step 1

    Identify if dual language is right for your child.

  • Step 2

    Apply for Wimbish World Language Academy during the application window.

  • Step 3

    Watch your student thrive.

We understand that the choice to give your child a unique education is a big one.

At Wimbish World Language Academy, they will receive all the benefits of the Arlington ISD whole-child education plus the opportunity to nurture their passions and develop mastery in two languages.

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Arlington ISD dual language students have exciting futures ahead.

A LabelFrancÉducation school, one of only 55 in the United States, awarded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Regardless of what career they choose, a dual language education will benefit your child for the rest of their lives.

Bilingual and
bi-literate

Strong communicator

Global perspective

There's nothing more valuable than teaching your student to love their education.

Your child has an incredible path ahead.
A Wimbish Academy education will provide them
opportunities to change the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is unique about wimbish World language academy?

Wimbish World Language Academy (WWLA) brings together a variety of language opportunities, cultural experiences and 21st-century learning for students. It is the first and only school in Arlington ISD that offers dual language programs in Spanish and French.

What languages will my child learn?

At WWLA, students will choose English and Spanish or English and French in the dual language program. It will be delivered as a dual immersion, 50/50 model. The core instruction will be 50 percent in English and 50 percent in Spanish or French, depending on the pathway. Language arts and social studies are taught in English. Math and science are taught in Spanish or French. Time is included for Spanish or French literacy development.
The program is available for kindergarten through fourth grade. Additionally, in grades two-six students have a FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) class. They may choose Spanish, French or Mandarin.

How and when can I apply?

Students can apply online at www.aisd.net/specializedprograms or www.aisd.net/wimbish-academy/wimbish-world-language-academy/. Applications will be available starting at noon on Oct. 25, 2022, and must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2023. Students and parents must fill out the application completely and then the selection process will begin. Parent information sessions will be posted on the specialized programs page.

What grades are accepted into this program?

For the 2023-2024 school year, students in all grades, pre-K through fifth, will be accepted; however, the dual-language program is for grades kindergarten through fourth grade. Students are accepted for first and second grades depending on previous language acquisition and language assessment. Fourth through sixth grades will go through the district's standard transfer process.

How do I know if I was accepted and when will I find out?

A notification will be sent via email at noon on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, to the e-mail address provided on the application form. Parents will have until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, to respond.

Is it free?

There is no cost to attend Wimbish World Language Academy.

Is there transportation?

Students living within Arlington will be able to access transportation through a hub system. Designated campuses serve as hubs for students in nearby schools.
Transportation is not available for out-of-district students.

How many students are accepted each year?

Acceptance numbers will vary depending on grade level. For the pre-K program, we will accept approximately 72 students.

HOW DOES THE DISTRICT DECIDE WHICH STUDENTS GET ACCEPTED?

Applications are scored using a rubric, a type of evaluation tool, for the questions asked in the application. Students applying for first and second grades will need previous language skills/acquisition in either Spanish or French – depending on which track they are applying for – and will have to complete a language assessment for admission.

Do you accept out-of-district students?

Admission to students who reside outside of Arlington ISD boundaries will be offered after all resident applicants have been placed. However, out-of-district siblings of current students are exempt from this requirement. There are no transfers to Wimbish World Language Academy.

Are there other schools I can go to if I don’t get into this one?

Yes, the Arlington ISD has other specialized programs that you can apply for at the same time you apply for Wimbish World Language Academy. You must rank your choices first, second and third when completing the application. The application for all elementary specialized programs is available at www.aisd.net/specializedprograms. The other elementary specialized programs include Crow Leadership Academy, Pearcy STEM Academy and Corey and Jones academies of fine arts and dual language

Are there any information meetings, and is attending an information meeting required?

During the application window, several parent information meetings are held to review the program design, expectations and to discuss the application process. Parents must attend a parent meeting for at least one academy. The meeting, date, time and location is required on the application.

Will my child participate in P.E., fine arts or other specials at this school?

Students will participate in art, music, P.E., and strings (fifth and sixth only) just like at other Arlington ISD elementary schools. At WWLA, these are areas where culture is integrated to expand their experience.

Is there after-school care available?

We do have a variety of day care centers that pick up at WWLA.

Who do I contact for more information?

To learn more about the Wimbish World Language Academy, or any of Arlington ISD’s specialized programs, go to aisd.net/specializedprograms or email specialprograms@aisd.net.