Curriculum :: Federal Programs
Georgetown Independent School District participates in federally-funded
programs designed to support Bilingual, English as a Second Language, and
These programs provide support for students whose
native language is not English, or who have limited English proficiency,
or who face educational disruptions as a result of repeated moves.
The G.I.S.D. Parent involvement policy falls under
the Federal Programs Department. You may review the Parent
Involvement Policy in
Education is an instructional program offered in elementary schools for students
whose native language is other than English (Spanish, German, Vietnamese,
etc.) and who need to enhance English language skills. The program provides
limited English proficient (LEP) students with a structured sequence of basic
skills in their native language, as well as gradual skill development in English
through English as a Second Language (ESL) methodology.
In bilingual programs, the function of the native language is
to provide access to the curriculum while the student is acquiring English;
instruction in the native language assures that students attain grade-level
cognitive skills without lagging behind.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
English as a Second Language (ESL) programs
are offered at GISD for students whose native language is other than English
and who need to develop and enhance their English language skills.
The program provides limited English proficient (LEP) students
with an intensive program of English instruction in all subjects, focusing
on the language arts, listening, speaking, reading, and writing, through the
use of English as a Second Language (ESL) methodology.
Texas Migrant Education Program strives to empower educators working with
migrant children to collaborate in designing programs which build upon student
strengths, eliminate barriers, provide continuity of education, and produce
levels of performance for migrant students that meet or exceed those of the
general student population. Parent involvement is viewed as an essential
part of the educational process, and home-school-community partnerships provide
the support necessary to improve student achievement.
Because issues of mobility, language, and poverty affect the
migratory student's opportunities to receive excellence and equity in the
classroom, the Migrant Education Program strives to provide an education experience
which can help children reduce the educational disruptions and other problems
that can result from repeated moves. Texas migrant children deserve
the same opportunities to reach the same challenging state performance standards
that all children are expected to meet.
GISD partners with ESC Region XIII in a Shared Services Agreement to identify and serve the migrant students in our district.
Under the definition of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education
Act, the term "homeless" includes individuals who lack a fixed,
regular, and adequate nighttime residence, such as those who are sharing the
housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar
reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodation; are living in emergency or transitional
shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; are awaiting foster care placement,
or who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, or substandard
A wide variety of services and assistance are available to homeless
students, both from the school district and state and community organizations
Other federal programs include:
- Title I, Part A : Improving Basic Programs
- Title I, Part D, Subpart 2: Prevention &
Intervention Programs for Children and Youth who are Neglected,
Delinquent, or At-Risk
- Title II, Part A: Teacher and Principal Recruiting
- Title III, Part A: LEP and Immigrant Program
- State Compensatory Education Program
For more information, contact:
Federal Programs Department
Georgetown Independent School District
603 Lakeway Drive, Georgetown, TX 78628
Dr. Jana Rueter
Phone: 512.943.5000, Ext. 6032
Federal Programs Specialist