Operating under Texas Education Agency guidelines, HISD features instructional programs tailored to every student's particular needs and interests. Offerings encompass administrative leadership and support for Bilingual and English as a Second Language education and alternative language programs for all students who have been identified as English Language Learners (ELLs) or immigrant, migrant and refugee students.
To ensure that these students successfully graduate from high school and are prepared to attend the post-secondary option of their choice, comprehensive and proactive programming and compliance systems have been institutionalized.
For elementary students, the district currently offers
Spanish Transitional Bilingual and Dual Language
programs, a Bilingual Cultural Heritage Program
(Vietnamese), a Mandarin Chinese Immersion, an Arabic
Immersion, and a French Immersion program as well as
English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for
speakers of other languages.
Secondary schools offer ESL/Sheltered English and
Sheltered Content programs for ELLs in grades 6-12.
Bilingual programs are also offered at designated Dual
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