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Bilingual / ESL Education


Temple ISD has a two types of bilingual programs. Héctor P. Garcia offers a dual language two way model while Thornton Elementary is an early transitional model. The early transitional model supports limited English proficient students as they receive native language instruction for concept development while acquiring English. English instruction increases until the student is eligible to make the transition into English reading. Upon meeting program exit requirements, students are mainstreamed into the all English curriculum while monitored for academic success. TISD B/ESL Program Design supports teachers and students with curriculum and materials to professional development to ensure that all learners are successful. TISD

Bilingual Campuses

  • Meridith -Dunbar Early Childhood Academy (PK)
  • Thornton Elementary (Grades K-5)
Dual Language Program
  • Hector P. Garcia Dual Language Academy (Grades K-5) 

Temple ISD's English as a Second Language Program:

English language learners are offered services through the district's English as a Second Language program. Students are taught English through sheltered instruction strategies while learning core content at their home campus. Newcomers are offered instruction at Bonham Middle School and Temple High School.

Connie Sisneros
Bilingual/ESL Director
Mayra Edghill
Bilingual Coordinator
Maria Lindberg
ELL Records Specialist

Carolyn Wagner
Special Programs Secretary