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Bilingual Program

According to state law, each school district with an enrollment of 20 or more emergent bilingual (EB) students in any language classification and the same grade level district-wide shall offer a bilingual education program for emergent bilingual students from prekindergarten through elementary grades that speak that language. Port Arthur ISD offers the Transitional Bilingual/Early Exit Model in Spanish. In the Early Exit Model, classes are taught in English and Spanish, emphasizing learning English and transitioning to the mainstream classroom setting by third grade, with native language support.

In addition, each campus must have a Language Proficient Assessment Committee (LPAC) to assist with the identification, placement, monitoring, and reclassification of emergent bilingual students.

PAISD Elementary Schools That Offer the Bilingual and ESL Programs

Sam Houston Elementary
Grades PK-5
Principal Marcia Sharp
LPAC Chair Claudia Almaguer
(409) 984-4800

Lakeview Elementary
Grades PK-5
Principal Reuben Sampson
LPAC Chair Irma Cavazos
(409) 984-8300

Tyrrell Elementary
Grades PK-5
Principal Dr. Lisa Crochett
LPAC Chair Maria Ottati
(409) 984-4660

Washington Elementary
Grades PK-2
Principal Lucrecia Harris
LPAC Chair Sarah Borello
(409) 984-8600

Wheatley Early Childhood Center
Principal Fredia Washington
LPAC Chair Perla Castro
(409) 984-8750

Instructional Models