Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) or English as a Second Language (ESL)

The Transitional Program of Instruction is for non-native English speaking students who have difficulty with written or spoken English.  The program provides support to help students succeed in academic subjects and learn English.  The classes count toward graduation requirements.

TPI is currently offered at:

  • Early Childhood Center
  • Bottenfield Elementary
  • Carrie Busey Elementary
  • Garden Hills Elementary
  • Stratton Elementary
  • Washington Elementary
  • Westview Elementary
  • Edison Middle
  • Franklin Middle
  • Jefferson Middle
  • Centennial High
  • Central High

The goals for TPI / ESL classes are to:

  • Provide English Learners (ELs), student whose first language is not English, and who have limited English proficiency, with equal access to education.
  • Develop English language proficiency in accordance with the WIDA Language Proficiency Standards.
  • Facilitate mastery of Illinois Learning Standards and transition to mainstream classes.

Download our TPI / ESL brochure:

TPI Brochure

TPI Brochure - Spanish

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) 

The Parent Advisory Committee is a requirement for TBE programs.  PAC is a parent organization that supports the educational, extra-curricular, and social needs of the students.  It consist of the bilingual director, parents, bilingual teachers, counselors, and a community leader. PAC meetings discuss program information, provide an avenue for parents to ask questions and express concerns and is a resource for support and networking for interested individuals in Champaign concerning children.  PAC meets 4-5 times a year and sponsors numerous student events designed to enrich their educational experience.

Overview of the TPI / ESL program

Students receive English language instruction with home language support when possible. Students will spend most of their school day in a mainstream classroom. Students receive support from ESL staff according to their level of English proficiency (Pull-out or Push-In).  Content subjects (math, science, and social studies) and electives are taught by mainstream teachers.  Instruction in the content areas is aligned with state standards and adapted to meet ELL student needs.  Our ESL teachers work closely with mainstream teachers to integrate core curriculum with ESL instruction. Mainstream teachers work closely with ESL teachers to modify core curriculum and instruction in order to facilitate the development of English language skills and meaningful student participation in content subjects.  Students are grouped for ESL instruction according to their grade and level of English proficiency (Entering, Beginning, Developing, Expanding, Bridging, and Reaching)  Students receive one to three house of ESL support per week.


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