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English as a Second Language

ESL Program Overview

The goal of English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is to enable English Learners (EL) to become competent in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the English language through the integrated use of second language methods. ESL is an intensive instructional program designed to develop proficiency in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the English language.

Potential ESL Program Participants

  • Scholars in grades PK-12
  • Scholars who are limited English proficient
  • Scholars whose native language is other than English

Identification Process

  • Home Language Survey indicates a home language other than English
  • Administration of an Oral Language Proficiency Test (OLPT)
  • Scholars in grades 2 -12 are administered a norm reference assessment

Assessment results determine the program eligibility of the student based on criteria set by the state.


Program Placement

  • Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) reviews all pertinent information on each English Learner (EL) and places EL scholars in the appropriate program
  • The LPAC designates, subject to written parental approval, placement of each EL NOTE: Parent denial of program placement does not change identification of EL; however, the EL will not be provided with language supports.

Instruction and Program Design

All instruction is provided in English and utilizes the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) for the cultivation of English language skills and the promotion of academic success in all grade level content areas.

Priority Charter Schools promotes the ESL Program through the ESL Wavier- Alternative Language Program. In order to support English Learners (EL), PCS uses one or more of the following:

  1. Content-Based Sheltered Instruction – English learners receive all of their content instruction in Reading Language Arts (RLA), mathematics, science, and social studies by a teacher(s) who is/are sheltered instruction trained.
  2. Sheltered English – English learners receive their Reading Language Arts (RLA) instruction by a teacher(s) who is/are sheltered instruction trained.
  3. English learners receive additional English Language Development (ELD) support from other educators, including paraprofessionals.