Dual-language programs have won over parents by creating strong family connections and academic excellence.
Von Renner Elementary in Newman will be the next area school to teach youngsters in Spanish and in English, starting kindergartners this month with the goal of being well-educated in both.
In 2013-14, Ceres Unified plans to open its newest school, Lucas Elementary, as a dual-language school.
Both districts said the research was solid, but a push for the program by parents was what made up their minds.
"We've had a lot of community requests and we're going to see how it goes," said Ceres Associate Superintendent Jay Simmonds. The district's research convinced administrators and trustees the program was solid, he said.
"We live in such a multicultural world," he said. "It would be a benefit to everyone to have these skills."