Tucson Unified School District received $465,000 in grant funding to grow its Arabic language program at two schools.
The Qatar Foundation International, a non-profit organization, gave TUSD the grant that will be used for classroom materials, curriculum development, and two new full-time teacher positions, said Ignacio Ruiz, TUSD’s director of language acquisition.
“This grant allows us to increase our students choices of world languages available for study,” Ruiz said. “We are building world language capacity at our International Baccalaureate schools to create post high school opportunities for our graduates.”
TUSD offers Arabic classes at Safford K-8 Magnet School and Cholla High Magnet School. There are approximately 250 students enrolled, and “our goal is to increase enrollment to more than 400 over the next five years,” he said.
The district also offers language studies in Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Russian and Korean.