Puente de Hózhó Bilingual Magnet School
Puente de Hózhó (PdH) Elementary School is a trilingual language school located in Flagstaff, Arizona and is a part of the Flagstaff Unified School District. PdH is a "dual-language school" and is comprised of a Navajo Immersion Language Program and a Spanish-English Bilingual Program. We serve students from Kindergarten through 5th-grade, but a 6-12 International Baccalaureate Continuum is being established to compliment PdH's programming. Featured in the Harvard Education Review for "best practices" for culturally sustaining and revitalizing teaching, PdH holds a radical belief in the potential of children, culture, and language in a local, regional, national, and international context. Consequently, PdH is also proud to call itself an International Baccalaureate Candidate School in addition to our stated vision, mission, and goals.
Historically, Puente de Hózhó evolved in response to specific ideals for public schooling. The idea was to create an educational environment where students of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds could learn harmoniously together while pursuing “the Power of Two,” or the ability to speak, read, and write proficiently in two languages. On a grander scale, the vision was to create a school where each child’s language and culture was regarded not as a problem to be solved but as an indispensable resource, the very heart and soul of the school itself. Such a school could be a symbiotic juggernaut, mutually beneficial to all: English speakers would learn Spanish, Spanish speakers would learn English, Navajo children would acquire their tribal language, and all students would interact in a pluralistic setting and achieve academically at a high and meaningful level.
Consequently, Puente de Hózhó's vision is to build a “bridge of beauty” between speakers and learners of Diné (Navajo), Spanish, and English and empower children to be multicultural and multilingual stewards of the world. Our mission is to provide an educational environment where students can pursue the following goals:
Academic excellence: Students will meet or exceed state, national, and international academic standards.
Bilingualism: Students will become proficient speakers, readers, and writers of Spanish, Diné, and English.
Culture: Students will affirm their cultural identity, explore other cultures and cultural issues, and develop a multicultural and pluralistic vision of the world.
Diversity: Students will experience the power and beauty of diversity and recognize its potential to enrich, enlighten, and ameliorate classrooms, communities, and the world around them.