Schools across the district will celebrate the diversity, culture, traditions, and contributions of Hispanics.

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates a diverse group of people. They trace their roots to Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries in North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Of the district’s nearly 70,000 students, more than 73 percent are Hispanic. They represent many Spanish-speaking countries.

By the Numbers

  • Depending on how you count, there are 22 Spanish speaking countries in the world.
  • Spanish is the second most widely spoken language on the planet. The number of Spanish speakers worldwide has soared to 572 million, which includes native and non-native speakers.
  • Around 754 million people are expected to speak the Spanish language globally by 2050, report shows.
  • According to the official US census, the United States will have the biggest population of Spanish speakers in the world after Mexico by 2060, and around 28.6% of the population will be Hispanic.

AISD recognizes the diversity in our schools. Contact your child’s school for information about planned events.

National Hispanic Heritage Month falls during the anniversaries of independence for several Latin American countries — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico’s Independence is September 16.

We Are More Alike Than Different

Hispanic and Latino-Americans can have European, African, Asian, and indigenous ancestry. The district encourages everyone to learn about the various cultures, customs, traditions, and history of Hispanics.

¡Siéntete orgulloso de tus raíces! — Be proud of your roots!

Online Resources

There are many online resources to learn more about the history and contributions of Hispanics. Click on the following examples:

PBS — About the Holiday

PBS — Latino Americans

Library of Congress

Smithsonian Latino Center

Afro-Latino Experience — Smithsonian Institute

Teaching Tolerance — Latino Civil Rights Timeline

Click on the following for classroom ideas:

National Education Association (NEA) — Hispanic Heritage Month

Pew Research Center