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Liberty Hill Independent School District's Special Programs are committed to ensuring that all students learn at high levels in every school in the district.
American Indian Education Program (AIEP)
The American Indian Education Program awards federal funding from the office of Indian Education to provide services to Native American students under the provisions of the Indian Education Formula Grant Program authorized in Part A, Subpart I of Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
USDA Office of Indian Education
For questions regarding services and support through the American Indian Education Program, contact:
Diane Tigges, Austin ISD Regional American Indian Coordinator (including students at Liberty Hill Independent School District).
English as a Second Language Program
Goals of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
The goal of the ESL program is to develop English language proficiency using second language methodology through explicit instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in all academic areas.
Description of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
English as a Second Language (ESL) is an intensive instructional program designed to develop proficiency in the comprehension, listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the English language. Student eligibility for the program is determined through the administration of an English language proficiency test, and parent permission is required for entrance into the program. All instruction is provided in English and utilizes the TEKS and the ELPS for the cultivation of English language skills and the promotion of academic success in all grade level content areas.
School districts in Texas are required by state law to assess the English language proficiency of all students whose Home Language Survey indicates that the home language is a language other than English.
If a child demonstrates limited English proficiency on the assessment, s/he will be eligible for enrollment in
the Englishas a Second Language (ESL) program. The goal of the ESL program is to enable English language learners to become competent in the understanding, reading, listening, speaking, and writing of the English language through the development of literacy and academic skills in grade level content areas.
Elementary School ESL
The ESL program for kindergarten through fifth grade is offered as a content-based model of English-only instruction based on the student’s individual language level. Students are placed with self-contained teachers who are ESL certified. ELL students also attend a daily ESL class period.
Junior High School ESL
The Junior High campus in Liberty Hill ISD has a combination ESL Pull-out/
Content BasedProgram. The English as a Second Language (ESL) program in grades 7-8, is an intensive program of instruction designed to develop proficiency in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the English language. Students are enrolled with an ESL certified Language Arts teacher where they learn functional, social and academic language to communicate in different settings. All other content area teachers serving ESL students are either ESL certified or use sheltered instruction strategies to help students understand contentand develop academic language in the areas of Math, Science, and Social Studies. ELL students have an ESL period built into their schedules. All courses for ESL students provide instruction based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and follow the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS). [See 19 TAC Chapter 89.1210(f).]
High School ESL
The High School campus in Liberty Hill ISD has an English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program in addition to a combination ESL Pull-out/
Content BasedProgram. The English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) high school program, is an intensive program of instruction designed to develop proficiency in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the English language. All other content area teachers serving ESL students are ESL certified or use sheltered instruction strategies to help students understand contentand develop academic language in the areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts. All courses for ESL students provide instruction based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and follow the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS). [See 19 TAC Chapter 89.1210(f).]
Candy Tijerina, District Coordinator
Response to Intervention
The Response to Intervention (RtI) system is an early intervention and identification framework developed to address and support academic and behavioral challenges for all students. The RtI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom (Tier 1). Learners who are struggling are provided with interventions at increasing levels of intensity to accelerate the rate of learning. Decisions about the intensity and duration of interventions are based on individual student response to
A fundamental principle of RtI processes is to ensure that all children have access to high quality instruction. Liberty Hill ISD is committed to high levels of learning for all students through effective, highly engaging, rigorous classroom instruction. Through that practice, the RtI framework ensures student academic and/or behavioral needs are identified, supported, and served early and effectively. Successful implementation of the RtI process will result in increased professional learning and collaboration, improved instructional practices, increased student achievement, and a school culture where ALL means ALL.
For questions regarding Response to Intervention or intervention support on your student's campus, please contact the campus principal or counselor.
For additional questions regarding RtI, please contact Summer Neary, Special Programs Director.
Title 1 Program
Title 1 Targeted Assistance Programs
Federal Title 1 funds supplement state education funds to help the district further support students at greatest risk of not meeting rigorous state standards. These programs must use effective methods and instructional strategies that are grounded in scientifically based research to provide services for students. In Liberty Hill Independent School District, we have three Targeted Assistance campuses serving students in need of intensive, targeted intervention support in building a foundation of reading or math in grades K-2.
Liberty Hill ISD Title 1 Campuses
Liberty Hill Elementary - Targeted Assistance
Bill Burden Elementary - Targeted Assistance
Rancho Sienna Elementary - Targeted Assistance
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December of 2015. ESSA is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).
ESSA offers districts more flexibility for using federal funds to effectively implement comprehensive, research-based initiatives that maximize student academic outcomes, particularly for those students at risk of not meeting challenging state academic assessment standards.
ESSA follows the US Department of Education's emphasis on comprehensive needs assessments and improvement planning. This legislation increases district responsibility for monitoring student outcomes, coordinated use of federal funds, and for offering high-quality guidance and technical assistance to schools engaged in continuous improvement planning.
Visit the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) websitefor additional information.
For additional information about Liberty Hill ISD Title 1 programs and campuses, please contact Summer Neary, Special Programs Director.