The Bilingual/ESL Program provides resources to help students whose native language is not English succeed in the classroom. It also offers a Dual Language Pilot Program, allowing native English and Spanish speakers to learn both languages side by side. The goal of the district's bilingual programs is to ensure students' lifelong success.
Pearland ISD bilingual education is a transitional early-exit program offered in select elementary and middle schools (PK-6) for students whose native language is Spanish and who need to enhance their English language skills.
The program provides English Language Learners (ELLs) with structured skills development in English and native language support from bilingual-certified teachers.
Because of a shortage of elementary-level bilingual-certified teachers, the bilingual program is offered at only six campuses:
Pearland ISD serves elementary and secondary language-minority students who speak other languages (excluding Spanish at the elementary level) through an English as a Second Language program with ESL-certified teachers and/or those with training in ESL methodology.
Because of increasing enrollment of Vietnamese-speaking students, Pearland ISD has submitted exceptions with TEA for a bilingual Vietnamese program and is actively recruiting bilingual Vietnamese-certified teachers.
In grades PK-12, the district provides ESL programs for all students whose native language is not English or Spanish. Students who are identified as English Language Learners (ELLs) are provided with English language support.
Instructional programs encompass several models, including:
Flexibility in program models ensures that ELLs have the best language support until they become proficient in English and can be mainstreamed into general education classes.
Throughout the school year, students are evaluated in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Every spring, all active K-12 grade ELLs are assessed through the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System.
Parent Advisory Council Meeting
6:30-8 p.m., ESC, 1928 N. Main, Conf. Room E
Tuesday, April 4
Dual Language Steering Committee Meetings
12-1 p.m., ESC, 1928 N. Main, Conf. Room E
Monday, Feb. 13
Monday, April 10
Monday, May 8
Monday, June 12
Monday, July 10
Monday, Aug. 14
Dual Language Parent Night Meeting
7-8 p.m., ESC, 1928 N. Main, Board Room
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Dual Language Kindergarten Mandatory Parent Info Meeting Cohort 2017-18
ESC, 1928 N. Main, Board Room
Monday, April 10, 6:30-8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12, 6:30-8 p.m.
(Note: Both days will cover the same information. Please attend either April 10 or 12.)