English Language Learners (ELL)

English Language Learners (ELLs) or Limited English Proficient (LEP) students are a diverse group of students who do not speak English as their primary or home language. These students have a limited ability to read, speak, write or understand English and need unique teaching and support in order to get the same educational opportunities as native language learners. They are eligible to receive a variety of services and participate in programs that will help them learn academic content and become skilled in their second language (English).

Student support services

In addition to our Elementary and Secondary instructional programs, we provide support services for ELL students. 

Enrolling in the district

When first enrolling in Garland ISD, all students whose first language is other than English will enroll via the Student Services office rather than at a campus. This allows for language testing and other support for these students. See the Enrollment page for more information.

Social work

Social Work Services provides support to students, families and school staff.  Services are provided by a licensed mental health provider serving groups of students, families, schools, and communities. 

Social Work Services provided:

  • evidence-based behavioral, social-emotional, and mental health services

  • promote a safe and equitable school climate and culture supporting positive academic and behavior outcomes

  • collaborate with school and community resources empowering students and families to reach their full potential

Services assist children and families by examining factors in the home, school and/or community that are impacting a student’s educational success and then assist in reducing those barriers to learning. 

These barriers may include but are not limited to:

  • truancy, pregnancy, alcohol and other drug abuse, suicide and sudden death, child abuse and neglect, school safety, violence, basic family needs, economic factors, behavior difficulties, social competencies, divorce, mental health concerns, and learning factors such as special education needs

Social Work Services support parents to understand their child’s:

  • developmental and educational needs

  • effectively advocate for their child in school and to address barriers to accessing community support resources 

Social Work Services assist teachers and other staff:

  • understanding a student’s cultural and familial factors

  • help staff to meet the desired education outcomes of diverse learners

  • assist teachers by providing or directing educators to appropriate resources and providing direct services to families at home, school and in the community

Contact us

For more information, contact:

Department of English Language Learners

Social Work Services

Students, families and staff can access services by contacting 903-600-5844  or completing the Family Needs Form.