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Princeton ISD recognizes that the mastery of English language skills is a prerequisite to effective participation in the state's educational program. Bilingual education and special language programs can meet the needs of emergent bilingual students and facilitate their integration into the regular school curriculum. Therefore, in accordance with state (Texas Education Code 29.051 and Texas Administrative Code 89.1201) and federal (Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)) requirements to ensure equal educational opportunity to every student, and in recognition of the educational needs of emergent bilingual students, Princeton ISD provides bilingual and English as a second language programs for each student identified as an emergent bilingual in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve.

Bilingual/ESL Handbook (English)     Bilingual/ ESL Handbook (Spanish)


Emergent Bilingual  is defined as a student identified by the language proficient assessment committee (LPAC) who is in the process of acquiring English and has another language as the student's primary or home language. The term is interchangeable with English learner as used in federal regulations and replaces the term "limited English proficient student" formerly used in TEC, Chapter 20, Subchapter B.

Bilingual Education Program  is a full-time program of instruction for students in grades PK-5 in which both the students' home language and English shall be used for instruction. Bilingual education is required for grades PK-5 if 20 or more emergent bilingual students are enrolled in one grade level. Princeton ISD has 20 or more emergent bilingual students whose native language is Spanish. 

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program  is defined by the Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.052 as a program of intensive instruction in English from teachers trained in recognizing and dealing with language differences. The purpose of Princeton ISD's ESL program is to provide second language instruction for elementary students of other languages than Spanish and older students in grades 6-12 in which bilingual education is not available. 

Program Goals

The goal of bilingual education and English as a second language programs (ESL) shall be to enable emergent bilingual students to become competent in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the English language. Bilingual education and ESL programs shall be integral parts of the total school program. These programs shall use instructional approaches designed to meet the specific language needs of emergent bilingual students. Such programs shall emphasize the mastery of English language skills, as well as mathematics, science, and social studies, as integral parts of the academic goals for all students to enable emergent bilingual students to participate equitably in school. The basic curriculum content of the programs shall be based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) required by the state. These programs shall be designed to consider the students' learning experiences and shall incorporate the cultural aspects of the students' backgrounds. The program shall address the affective, linguistic, and cognitive needs of emergent bilingual students.