Cultural Bridges is a family engagement program that serves as a bridge of communication between the Issaquah School District and parents who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse. Cultural Bridges helps families overcome language and cultural barriers and empowers them to become a part of our community while helping their students to be successful in school.
The Cultural Bridges program produces a quarterly bilingual publication that helps non-native families navigate the Issaquah School District and the cities of Issaquah, Sammamish, Newcastle, Bellevue and Renton. The magazine is currently offered in Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, English, Russian and Chinese translations.
Cultural Bridges also publishes an annual Family Guide to help all families learn more about the school system, better understand rules and procedures, and explore ways to become more involved.
The Issaquah School District is becoming increasingly diverse. Based on demographic trends, Latino and Asian student populations have increased significantly over the past decade. The Issaquah School District is expected to become a minority-majority district within the next three to five years.
Parents who are new to the country may not know how best to support their children's education. Through culturally sensitive support offered either in families' native language or in English, Cultural Bridges helps parents feel more confident becomng involved in school and supporting their students at home.
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