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Bilingual Program

Bilingual Program

Bilingual/ESL Program Mission Statement

JISD is committed to addressing the affective, linguistic and cognitive needs of students who are identified as English Language Learners by providing them an equal educational opportunity  through Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.

The JISD Elementary Bilingual/ESL Programs will emphasize the mastery of English language skills, as well as mathematics, science and social studies enabling ELL's to participate effectively and equitably in the teaching/learning process through the state's curriculum, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the English Language Standards (ELPS). This will allow students to reach their full potential through equitable experiences which ensure that they become confident, productive and competent members of our multicultural society.

State Policy

§89.1205. Required Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language Programs.

(a) Each school district which has an enrollment of 20 or more limited English proficient students in any language classification in the same grade level district-wide shall offer a bilingual education program as described in subsection (b) of this section for the limited English proficient students in prekindergarten through the elementary grades who speak that language. "Elementary grades" shall include at least prekindergarten through Grade 5; sixth grade shall be included when clustered with elementary grades.

(b) A district shall provide a bilingual education program by offering a dual language program in prekindergarten through the elementary grades, as described in §89.1210 of this title (relating to Program Content and Design).

(c) Districts are authorized to establish a bilingual education program at grade levels in which the bilingual education program is not required under subsection (a) of this section.

(d) All limited English proficient students for whom a district is not required to offer a bilingual education program shall be provided an English as a second language program as described in subsection (e) of this section, regardless of the students' grade levels and home language, and regardless of the number of such students.

(e) A district shall provide an English as a second language program by offering an English as a second language program as described in §89.1210 of this title (relating to Program Content and Design).

(f) Districts may join with other districts to provide bilingual education or English as a second language programs.