If you were raised in a bilingual home, you probably already realize the advantages of knowing more than one language.Learning a second language at a young age makes it easier to learn new words, increases brain flexibility, and is correlated with higher achievement in school. It also can create a more lasting connection to one’s native culture. In recent months, a spate of new studies has bolstered the belief that bilingualism has lasting benefits—and school districts across the country are taking note. An increasing number of schools now offer “heritage language” classes, which help students solidify their knowledge of their home tongue. The Highline School District in Seattle has also started a pilot High School Translation and Interpretation program, designed to illustrate career options that come with bilingualism.