Secondary ELL Programs

Our Secondary ELL Program provides intensive instruction in English.  The focus is to improve student’s English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  ELL teachers use sheltered instruction strategies and curriculum based on the current research in second language acquisition.  The goal of the program is to develop proficiency in English while valuing the academic and cultural experience of the student. 

Middle School ELL

Students participating in the ELL program at a middle school campus are provided English language instruction in one of two ways. The campus LPAC committee determines the student’s scheduling based upon language proficiency and academic performance.  Students will receive the appropriate linguistic support and instruction by ESL certified English and reading teachers in general education courses or in the English Learners Language Arts Course. All courses use the grade-level TEKS and are cognitively demanding.

English Learners Language Arts Course (ELLA) 

Grades 6-8

A highly trained ESL certified teacher provides ESL/English instruction for one period and reading instruction for the other period. Instruction is focused on accelerated language acquisition in the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the appropriate language level for the student. The curriculum is based upon the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and uses a state-adopted textbook. 

AVID Excel

Grades 6-8  

The AVID Excel elective class is designed to put middle school ELLs on the path to high school AVID and college preparatory coursework.  Students use research-based strategies to support them as they Write as scholars, learn Inquiry techniques, Collaborate with peers, Organize their learning and Read to understand complex text.  AVID Excel students excel academically, linguistically and socially.   Nationally, 96.4% of AVID Excel students are recommended for college prep courses in high school.   

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High School ELL 

Students participating in the ELL program for high school will be enrolled in ELL courses according to their English language proficiency level. Students will receive instruction from a highly trained, certified ESL teacher that focuses on accelerated language acquisition in the domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Curriculum for these specialized courses is based upon Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). 


ESOL I and II are English (ELAR) content courses that qualify as English I and II credits toward graduation.

  • Beginner or Intermediate on TELPAS

  • Three years or less in the country

ELDA I and II 

ELDA I and II  are language development courses that accelerate language acquisition, literacy and knowledge for high academic success at the high school level. These courses are taken with ESOL I and II.

  • Beginner or Intermediate on TELPAS

  • Three years or less in US schools

EL Leadership

A leadership course that builds on a student’s strengths with supportive mentorship. 

  • Any level on TELPAS

  • Any number of years in US schools

EL Reading

A supplemental reading course for high school intervention

  • Any level on TELPAS

  • More than three years in US schools

  • A student does not meet passing standard for English II and/or II STAAR

General education courses 

English I, II, III, and IV (ELAR) 

  • Advanced or higher on TELPAS

  • New to the US, but show English language proficiency

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