Bilingual/ESL Program

The primary goal of BHISD’s Bilingual/ESL program shall be to enable English Learners (ELs) to become proficient in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the English language through the development of literacy and academic skills in their primary language and in English.

Bilingual Education:

BHISD serves Bilingual Learners through a transitional bilingual/early exit model in which students identified as English learners are served in both English and another language and are prepared to meet reclassification criteria to be successful in English-only instruction not earlier than two, or later than five, years after the student enrolls in school. Instruction in this program is delivered by a teacher appropriately certified in bilingual education under TEC, §29.061(b)(1), for the assigned grade level and content area. The goal of an early-exit transitional bilingual education program is for participants to use their primary language as a resource while acquiring full proficiency in English. This model provides instruction in literacy and academic content through the medium of the students' primary language along with instruction in English that targets second language development through academic content.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Students qualifying for English as a Second Language (ESL) services are served through a model which is a language acquisition program that serves students identified as English Learners through English only instruction provided by an appropriately certified ESL teacher under the TEC, §29.061(c), through English language arts and reading. The goal of an ESL program is for English Learners to attain full proficiency in English in order to participate equitably in school. This model targets English language development through academic content instruction that is linguistically and culturally responsive in the English Language Arts classroom. Instruction shall be provided by a certified ESL teacher.