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Educational Programs

Two-way Dual Language in Sheldon ISD is a 50/50 model for grades K-5 for students who apply and meet the program criteria. Classes are conducted by certified bilingual and ESL teachers. 2 WAY English/Spanish instruction is in both English and Spanish with equal time for instruction in both languages. Students are considered for this program by application and/or teacher recommendations, and must meet program criteria.
 
One-way Dual Language in Sheldon ISD is currently a 50/50 model, but 80/20 is coming soon to ensure a solid foundation for our English Learners as we move instruction toward a 50/50 goal.  One-way classrooms are comprised of solely English Learners with certified bilingual teachers.
 
Transitional Bilingual is offered in Sheldon ISD for Pre-Kindergarten and grades 4 and 5 who are still not provided a dual language program. Certified teachers teach students in English according to the English proficiency of the students. Students are expected to advance at least one level each year in English. Teachers use second language strategies, scaffolding techniques and accommodated lessons based on English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) to help students understand the content in English.

English as a Second Language (ESL) is offered for enrollees who are not native Spanish speakers at the elementary levels and for all grades 6-12 English Learners.

In grades Pre Kinder to 5th grade, ESL is for students who speak a language other than Spanish at home. Certified ESL teachers instruct students in English only. Teachers use second language strategies, scaffolding techniques and accommodated lesson based on English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) to help students understand the content in English.

In grades 6-8, ESL takes the place of language arts class only. Students go to general education classes for other subject areas. Certified ESL teachers instruct students in English only. Teachers use second language strategies, scaffolding techniques and accommodated lesson based on English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) to help students understand the content in English.

In grades 9 -12, ESOL 1 and ESOL 2 are high school classes taken for credit in English 1 and English 2. Teachers use second language strategies, scaffolding techniques and accommodated lesson based on English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) to help students understand the content in English.

Sheltered Instruction classes are provided in grades 6-12. Teachers trained to use second language acquisition lesson planning models and strategies teach Sheltered Instruction content area classes. Often these classes are made up of general education students and English language learners. Classes are in English only.