Tucson schools receive grant for Arabic language studies - Tucson News Now

Tucson schools receive grant for Arabic language studies

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two Tucson schools have received funding to grow their Arabic language programs.

Safford K-8 Magnet School and Cholla High Magnet School received a $465,000 grant to be used in the schools' International Baccalaureate programs, which includes world language studies.

TUSD has received a previous $55,000 Arabic language grant to be used for classroom materials and curriculum development.
"This grant allows us to increase our students' choices of world languages available for study," Ignacio Ruiz, TUSD's Director of Language Acquisition said. "We are building world language capacity at our IB schools to create post-high school opportunities for our graduates."

Cholla High Magnet School has 100 students enrolled in Arabic language courses, while Safford K-8 Magnet School has 125 students enrolled. The district hopes to increase that number to 400 students overall over the next five years.
The Qatar Foundation says the district was chosen to receive the grant because of active cultural and education community involvement.
TUSD offers language studies in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, French, German, Russian and Korean.
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