Hays Consolidated Independent School District

Changing Lives One Student at a Time

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Bilingual, ESL, & Migrant Programs

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    Hays CISD proudly serves over 3,050 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 21 additional languages spoken. The current languages besides English and Spanish are German, Russian, Bosnian, Polish, Hebrew, Urdu, Arabic, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi, Mandarin, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Tagalog, Afrikaans, Amharic, American Sign Language, Korean, Khmer, and Swahili. 

    The Bilingual Education department at central office consists of the Director, the LPAC/TELPAS Coordinator and three Dual Language/ESL Instructional Coaches. These professionals provide direct support to the bilingual and ESL teachers who serve our 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 an asset. The ability to speak, read, and write in more than one language is a definite advantage for success for our bilingual students. 

Bilingual Program Mission & Goals

  • Mission: Hays CISD is dedicated to preparing students to be bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural through our Dual Language Immersion and ESL programs.

    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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