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English as a Second Language


Hawkins ISD students whose home language is a language other than English are assessed for English language proficiency. If a student demonstrates limited English proficiency on a state approved assessment, the student will be eligible for enrollment in the appropriate language program: bilingual education or English as a Second Language (ESL).

The goal of the Bilingual/ESL program is to enable English language learners to become competent in the reading, listening, speaking, and writing of the English language through the development of literacy and academic skills in grade level content areas. 


Qualifying for ESL

All Texas schools follow the same guidelines for identification of students for ESL services. The Texas English Learner Portal designed by TEA provides information for parents about these processes, including an overview of the identification process, explanation of the language assessments administered throughout the year, and answers to frequently asked questions.

The ESL Program Parent Brochure provided by TEA is available to download as a PDF in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. To download a copy of this resource, please choose a language: EnglishSpanish, or Vietnamese.


ESL Services Provided in Accordance with Texas Administrative Code Chapter 89

In HISD, all English Learners receive ESL services in accordance with Texas Administrative Code Chapter 89 regarding ESL program requirements. 

  • ESL students receive ESL services from their ESL certified classroom teacher.
  • Teachers support ESL students’ affective, linguistic, and cognitive needs.
  • Teachers provide instruction in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) with linguistic supports outlined the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS).

Please visit TAC Chapter 89 to learn more about Texas requirements for ESL program services.

District Contact Information


Josh White

Hawkins Elementary Principal



Dr. McAvoy

Hawkins MS/HS Principal



Stephanie McConnell

Assistant Superintendent