Elementary ESL

English as a Second Language Academic Program 


What is the ESL Program in Northside ISD?

The NISD ESL program in pre-kindergarten through fifth grades provides intensive instruction in English using second language acquisition strategies to teach 

English to students who speak other languages other than Spanish or English. The academic program model teaches the state-required Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). 


What schools offer the ESL Program?

To see a current listing of schools that offer an ESL program, select ESL Campus Clusters

What if my neighborhood school does not offer the ESL Program?

The district provides free transportation to the nearest ESL cluster school. 

Who will teach my child in the ESL Program?

Your child will be taught by a highly qualified ESL certified teacher. 

Why is the ESL Program the best placement for my child?

• ESL teachers are specially trained to teach students who are learning English as a second language. 
• ESL teachers can identify academic strengths and needs of students and tailor instruction for students in all academic areas in the English language. 

How will the ESL Program help my child learn English, yet meet academic achievement standards for grade level promotion? 

Your child will learn grade-appropriate knowledge and skills from trained teachers who know second language acquisition strategies and approaches as he or she learns English as a second language.

When is my child ready to begin English reading instruction?

Your child’s English instruction begins upon entry of the ESL Program, thus reading instruction is an immediate focus for the specialized ESL teachers. Teachers target the development of your child’s English oral language so he or she is able to meet grade-level promotion standards. 

How will I know if my child is learning English?

Your child will be assessed annually with the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS). TELPAS is a federal requirement for assessing the English language proficiency of English language learners in four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. You will receive information from the school regarding your child’s performance.

When will my child no longer need the ESL Program?

In third through fifth grade, a student must score fluent on the English Oral Language Proficiency Test (OLPT), meet the standards for English Reading STAAR, and advance high on TELPAS writing. In fourth grade students must score fluent on English OLPT (Oral 
Language Proficiency Test), and meet the standards for English Reading STAAR, and English Writing STAAR.

What can I do to help my child at home?

• Continue to speak to your child in the home language.
• Teach your child concepts in the home language. This knowledge can be transferred to English.
• Read with your child daily in the home language.