Welcome to the Bilingual/Multicultural Department

Our Programs

Bilingual Programs

When 20 or more students share the same primary language (a language other than English), school districts are required to establish a Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) or a Bilingual program. In a Bilingual program, the students' first language is the primary language used in order to promote success in the district's curriculum. The amount of English and native language used depends on a student's grade level and/or English language proficiency.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs

When there are 19 or fewer students speaking a language other than English, school districts are required to establish a Transitional Program of Instruction, or an ESL program. In this program, English is the primary language of instruction.

The purpose of both Bilingual and ESL programs is to develop academic skills in English without delaying progress in meeting state standards.

For the 2022-23 school year, the following ELL services are provided:

ESL:   Richwoods High School, Liberty Leadership Middle School, Charter Oak, Kellar, & Northmoor

Bilingual:  Peoria High School, Manual High School, Franklin, Dr. C.T. Vivian, & Hines 

Two-Way Dual Language:  Valeska Hinton Pre-K and Whittier Primary School

One-Way Dual Language:  Glen Oak, Annie Jo Gordon, and Lincoln