Fast Facts

Fast Facts

• The Beaumont Independent School District services approximately 19,880 students. 

 

• Of these students 4,053 students are Hispanic. 

 

• Currently, the Bilingual/ESL department provides second language acquisition to 1,669 students. 

 

• Two hundred and sixty-two of those students participate in a Bilingual Program.

 

• In the past, Fletcher Elementary was the only campus that housed the bilingual program. 

 

• However, the growth of the Hispanic population in Beaumont prompted the opening of four additional bilingual campuses. 

 

• The additional campuses include Caldwood Elementary (West End Feeder), Charlton-Pollard Elementary (South End Feeder), Martin Elementary (North End Feeder), and Lucas Pre-K Center.

 

• The Bilingual Program is designed to enable Limited English Proficient students to become competent in the comprehension, speaking, reading, and composition of the English language through the development of literacy and academic skills in the primary language and English.

 

• The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is designed to enable Limited English Proficient students to become competent in the comprehension, speaking, reading, and composition of the English language through the integrated use of second language methods.

 

• Many students in the ESL program have a tendency to lose their ability to speak their second language. 

 

• However, students in the Bilingual program do not only retain their native language but also learn to read and write in Spanish while learning English.

 

• Although students in ESL make significant progress in the English language, numerous research studies of Bilingual education indicate that Bilingual students out-perform monolingual students in the long run. 

 

• Bilingual students tend to have higher order cognitive thinking skills which are necessary to achieve academic success.