Research continues to show the benefits of becoming bilingual, especially for younger generations who face a global economy.
"If I look anywhere at all in the world, to have more than one language is a positive,” said Carol Johnson, principal at the Good Shepherd Catholic Academy.
Johnson’s school announced Monday plans to immerse students in two languages, Spanish and English.
"Let’s say I'm doing a unit in science on plants. Well, that unit's going to be in Spanish,” said Johnson. “Maybe the next unit will be on the solar system. That unit will be in English."
The school’s curriculum change comes courtesy of an unlikely source: Boston College.
The New England Catholic university plans to study the school and conduct research and collect data on the benefits of teaching in two languages.
Good Shepherd Catholic Academy is one of 10 schools chosen nationally to partner with Boston College in the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWINS-CS). Johnson said it would aid in giving her students a global education.
"The goal is by 6th grade for the children to not only be bilingual, but biliterate,” said Johnson.
Many of the students at Good Shepherd already speak and write in Spanish, but the curriculum calls for lessons in more formal Castilian Spanish.
"Some of the words we’re learning right now are different words than what my parents use,” said 7th-grader Gabriela Salas.
Students at the schools believed there would be a great benefit to the new way of teaching.
"We can get a better job. We can communicate better with everyone,” said 8th-grader Cesar Pena.
The plan may be a glimpse into the future, as the push continues to make education in the United States more global.