Special Populations » Bilingual/ESL


Program Mission and Goals


The Los Fresnos Consolidated School District provides every child, regardless of national origin or native language, quality, and meaningful educational instruction. Consequently, students who are English Learners (ELs) are provided instructional services through a Bilingual/ESL program that is designed to meet their unique needs.




It the mission of LFCISD’s Special Programs to empower English Learners with English academic and linguistic knowledge and skills to achieve in a global multicultural world.


Program Design


Los Fresnos CISD implements the Transition Bilingual Early Exit program at the elementary grades. All elementary English Learners (ELs) are instructed in English and their primary language by a bilingual certified teacher for the assigned grade level and content area. The amount of instruction in each language (primary and secondary) is appropriately designated based on student’s language proficiency and academic potential in both languages. Instruction in the first language is phased out and most students are mainstreamed into English. English learners are prepared to meet reclassification criteria to be successful in English-only instruction not earlier than two or later than five years after the student enrolls in school.  


At middle school and high school the district implements an ESL pull-out program.  The student is served by a certified ESL teacher through English language arts and reading. The student remains in a mainstream instructional arrangement in the remaining content areas in which they are provided sheltered instruction. The student is provided English language development through academic content instruction that is linguistically and culturally responsive in English language arts and reading. 


Both the bilingual program and English as a second language provide each English learner the opportunity to be enrolled in the required program at his or her grade level. Each student’s level of proficiency shall be designated the language proficiency assessment committee (LPAC). Los Fresnos CISD shall accommodate the instruction, pacing, and materials to ensure that English learners have a full opportunity to master the essential knowledge and skills of the required curriculum.


Bilingual and English As Second Language Education Goals (19 TAC 89.1201)


The goal of bilingual and ESL education programs shall be to:

  • Enable English learners to become proficient  in listening, speaking, reading, and  writing in the English language through the development of literacy and academic skills in the primary language and English,
  • Emphasize mastery of English language skills, as well as math, science, and social studies, using English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS),
  • Use instructional approaches designed to meet the affective, linguistic, and cognitive needs of English language learners,
  • Be an integral part of the total school program, and
  • Utilize the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and the English language proficiency standards required by the state.