Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) programs are required when more than 20 students of the same language group are at an attendance center. All District 75 schools
offer full-time and part-time TBE programs for Spanish-speaking students.
Full-Time TBE Program
Full-time TBE students may receive instruction in Spanish for literacy and content areas to the extent necessary.
- Kindergarten through second grade full-time students are placed in classrooms that gradually introduce more English instruction in these areas as the year progresses and as they are developmentally ready.
- Full-time intermediate students in third through fifth grade may be placed in transitional English Language Learner (ELL) classrooms.
- Full-time students in sixth through eighth grade may be placed in content area classes with supplemental instruction in Spanish.
Primary and elementary full-time TBE students are also integrated with English partner classes, such as music, physical education, and/or other classroom activities as deemed appropriate. All TBE students at the middle school level are integrated with their English-speaking peers for specials.
Part-Time TBE Program
Part-time TBE students are placed in mainstream classrooms and receive supplemental English literacy and content area English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction with native language support as necessary. They receive a minimum of 225 minutes per week of support (150 minutes per week for kindergarten students) from an ELL teacher. This support is provided either through a pull-out or push-in model.