Transitional/Early-Exit Bilingual Program
Lyford Elementary provides a transitional/early-exit bilingual program model in which students identified as English learners are served in both English and another language. Student eligibility for the program is determined through the administration of an English language proficiency test, and parent permission is required for entrance into the program. Our students recieve instruction in literacy and academic content through their native language along with instruction in English that targets second language development through academic content. The amount of English used increases as the student acquires academic English proficiency. Students 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.
Bilingual education affords our students an equal opportunity to master grade level TEKS while using their native language to attain proficiency in English.
English as a Second Language Program
Our secondary campuses provide quality ESL programs that differentiate and scaffold instruction according to each student's level of English language proficiency to meet their affective, linguistic and cognitive needs. Student eligibility for the program is determined through the administration of an English language proficiency test, and parent permission is required for entrance into the program. Instruction is provided in English and embedds the English Language Proficiency Standards to integrate second language instruction within content area instruction to make content comprehensible and build academic language proficiency.
The goal of our program is to provide intensive instruction to develop proficiency in the comprehension, speaking, reading and composition of the English language. Instruction in reading/language arts is structured to ensure that the students master the required essential knowledge and skills while maintaining confidence and self-assurance within their cultural heritage.