The HLA curriculum was created for Bridges students, namely SIFE and newcomer middle and high school students, in a Spanish bilingual setting. Native Spanish speaking students who have recently arrived to the U.S., and/or who have missed months or years of schooling, will benefit from the curriculum’s emphasis on developing students’ literacy skills. The Bridges HLA curriculum was designed for implementation alongside Bridges Integrated ENL/ELA and Stand-Alone ENL classes. It is aligned to Integrated Unit 1, with a thematic focus on Identity. Daily lessons target academic thinking, language, and literacy through gradual release using protocols that build independence.