Global Cultures and Languages

Global Cultures and Languages

The Leander ISD Global Cultures and Languages Department is committed to the academic success for all students through culturally responsive practices and collaboration between home, school and community, leading to enriched opportunities for lifelong learning.

El Departamento de Culturas Globales e Idiomas de Leander ISD esta comprometido con el éxito académico de todos los estudiantes a través de una respuesta cultural efectiva y la colaboración entre el hogar, la escuela y la comunidad, para ofrecer oportunidades de avance para el aprendizaje durante la vida.

Did You Know? ¿Sabía usted?

There are 55 different languages represented in the LISD ESL Program. The Top Five Languages represented in the LISD ESL Programs:

  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Telugu
  • Russian

Tenemos 55 diferentes idiomas representados en el Programa de ESL de Leander ISD. Disfrutamos la variedad de culturas que enriquecen nuestro mundo cada día.

Dual Language Program

Special Announcement for 2020–2021 
Anuncio Especial para 2020–2021

The Dual Language application for 2020–21 incoming Kindergarten students is available now. Applications must be turned in to LISD, online, in person or via mail by Friday, May 8, 2020, at 5 p.m. to be considered for the program. Applications received after May 8 may be placed on a waitlist.

Dual Language Application (English | Spanish)

Dual Language Parent Collaboration Nights

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 | 6–7 p.m.
Knowles Elementary School Library

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 6–7 p.m.
Reed Elementary School Library

Wednesday, March 25, 20206–7 p.m.
Whitestone Elementary School Library

Thursday, April 23, 2020 | 6–7:30 p.m.
Bagdad Elementary School



Leander ISD has adopted the Dual Language Enrichment model for all bilingual classrooms. The goal of bilingual education under this model is to produce bilingual, bi-literate and bi-cultural individuals across all content areas by 5th grade.

The model places great emphasis on challenging all students, regardless of language background, with high expectations to learn subject matter.

There are two approaches under the Dual Language Enrichment model:

  • One-Way Dual Language supports "one language" groups of students to become bilingual, bi-cultural, and bi-literate. For example, students whose primary language is Spanish would learn in English and Spanish. Since 2009, LISD has been implementing this approach for students whose primary language is Spanish and who are not yet proficient in English upon entering school.
  • Two-Way Dual Language supports "two language" groups of students to become bilingual, bi-cultural, and bi-literate. For example, both Spanish-speaking and English-speaking students would learn in both languages.


Bagdad Elementary School – Two-way DLE:
Kinder, 1st,  2nd
3rd–5th will remain One-Way for 2020–21

  • Pleasant Hill
  • Plain
  • Parkside
  • Bagdad

Knowles Elementary – Two-way DLE: Kinder, 1st, 2nd
3rd–5th will remain One-Way for 2020–21

  • Giddens
  • Block House Creek
  • Knowles

Whitestone Elementary – Two-way DLE: All grade levels

  • Akin
  • Camacho
  • Winkley
  • Whitestone

Reed Elementary – Two-way DLE: All grade levels

  • Faubion
  • Cypress
  • Mason
  • Steiner Ranch
  • Naumann
  • Cox
  • Bush
  • Deer Creek
  • Rutledge
  • River Place
  • Grandview Hills
  • Reagan
  • Reed
  • River Ridge
  • Westside
English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) is an intensive instructional program designed to develop proficiency in 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.

More information about English as a Second Language

Translation and Interpretation Services

COVID-19: Translation & Interpretation Support

Translation Services through the ELL department provides translation and interpretation services to support our students and employees to improve communication, enrich the educational environment and effectively perform in their day-to-day operations and learning.

To support our schools and administrators, Translation and Interpretation Services has a streamlined system through Eduphoria that makes it easy to submit your requests and guarantee a prompt response and completion on deadlines. 

  • Translation/Interpretation Requests
  • Bilingual Information Center for School and District Events
  • Interpretation Meetings


Submit an interpretation request.

More information about Translation and Interpretation Services 

Adult Education: EL Civics, High School Equivalency Classes

Adult Education

Leander ISD partners with Community Action, Inc.’s (CAI) Adult Education Program to provide services to adults with limited mastery of basic educational skills; adults who do not have a secondary school diploma; or who are unable to speak, read or write the English language.

  • High School Equivalency
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Resources

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