Supporting Student Success
Bilingual education programs are designed to make grade-level academic content accessible to emergent bilinguals through the development of literacy and academic skills in the child's primary language and English. The academic, linguistic, and cultural background of emergent bilinguals is used in a bilingual education program as the platform for acquiring grade-level content material in the primary language and in English.
In 2023-2024, Killeen ISD will offer two Spanish bilingual education programs: Transitional Late Exit (1st through 5th grade) and Dual Language One Way (Prekindergarten and Kindergarten ONLY). These programs are offered at the following KISD campuses:
- Harker Heights Elementary
- Killeen Elementary
- Peebles Elementary
- Pershing Park Elementary
- Trimmier Elementary
- Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary (PK3 ONLY on post)
Migrant Education Services
Migrant Education Services
Migrant Education Services and support are offered to migrant students and families through the Education Service Center Region 12. The purpose of the program is to provide migratory children, younger than 22, with the opportunity to meet the same challenging State content and performance standards that the State has established for all children.
- Educational continuity
- Instructional time
- School engagement
- English language development
- Educational support in the home
- Access to services
Dual-Language One-Way program
Eligible Emergent Bilingual Prekindergarten and Kindergarten students in Killeen ISD will engage in the One-Way Dual Language Immersion Program. This bilingual model is a full-time program of instruction in which identified students are served in both English and Spanish to attain full proficiency, including grade-level literacy skills, in their primary language as well as English to participate equitably in school. One-Way Dual Language follows an 80/20 language distribution model. The goal of Dual Language is for program participants to become bilingual and biliterate in both Spanish and English.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Killeen ISD implements the ESL program on all campuses for grades PK-5th. The goal of ESL programs is to make grade-level academic content accessible to Emergent Bilinguals. ESL programs target English language development, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, through academic content instruction that is linguistically and culturally responsive. The ESL program uses the academic, linguistic, and cultural background of Emergent bilinguals as a platform for acquiring grade-level content material in English. The goal of this program is to attain full proficiency in English to participate equitably in school.
Transitional Bilingual Late Exit Program
Transitional Bilingual Late Exit program
Killeen ISD currently implements the Transitional Late Exit model in grades 1st through 5th grades. The Transitional Late Exit model is a full-time program of instruction in which students identified as Emergent Bilinguals receive academic instruction in both English and Spanish to meet reclassification criteria to be successful in English-only instruction through the fifth grade. The goal of late-exit transitional bilingual education is for program participants to use their primary language as a resource while acquiring full proficiency in English.