Changing Lives One Student at a Time

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Bilingual, ESL, & Migrant Programs

  • A collection of names of languages


    The United States is a nation of immigrants.  People from all over the world have come here to form this great nation.  Our country and our state continue to experience immigration.  Children of these immigrants come to our public schools.  Hays CISD currently has over 2,850 students for whom English is not their primary language.  In Texas, the predominant language of immigrants is Spanish, however Hays CISD is fortunate to have 19 additional languages spoken. The current languages besides Spanish are German, French, Russian, Bosnian, Polish, Hebrew, Urdu, Arabic, Gujarati, Marathi, Khur, Hindi, Mandarin, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Tagalog, Cebuano, and Swahili. 

    The Bilingual Education department at central office consists of the Director, the LPAC/TELPAS Coordinator and three Sheltered Instruction/Instructional Coaches.  These professionals provide direct support to the bilingual and ESL teachers who serve the students.  Support for the bilingual program in Hays CISD is designed around the philosophy that being bilingual in our global society is a positive and not a negative.The ability to speak, read, and write in more than one language is a definite advantage for success for our bilingual students.

Bilingual Program Education Goals

  • Achieve academic proficiency in all subjects, meeting or exceeding expectations. 

    Enable students to maintain skills in their primary languages as well as develop skills in their secondary language, thus enabling them to function fully in the general academic program and in future occupational opportunities. 

    Provide opportunities to develop and identify with their cultural heritage as well as cultivating an understanding of other cultures, thereby developing a positive attitude toward fellow students, their families, and their communities.

    Become bilingual/biliterate members of the community as well as life long learners. 

Department Staff

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