Welcome to Alief ISD Multilingual Programs Department

  • Our Role

    The Alief ISD Multilingual Programs Department is dedicated to developing language and content in both English and other Languages through strong programs and research-based pedagogy.


    Our Vision

    The Alief ISD Multilingual Programs Department will ensure equal access to meaningful, stellar programs for students, staff, and parents to develop model citizens who thrive in and impact the world.


    Our Mission

    The Alief ISD Multilingual Programs Department will ensure the consistent implementation of research-based best practices and work collaboratively  to develop highly trained staff in order to move students along the continuum of language and content to provide an exemplary education.


    Who are Emergent Bilingual Students?

    Students whose first language (L1) is a language other than English and who have been identified as limited in English per assessments are known as English Bilingual Students or Limited English Proficient (LEP).  These terms are used interchangeably.


    How does Alief ISD identify Emergent Bilingual Students for Bilingual and ESL Programs?

    Students with languages other than English on the Home Language Survey are administered an oral language proficiency test (grades PK-12), reading norm-referenced test (grades 2-12), and language norm-referenced test (grades 2-12) to determine language proficiency in English.  If a student meets Emergent Bilngual students identification criteria, the student's parent(s) will be offered an ESL or Bilingual program.


Contact Us

  • Patricia S. Cantu
    Multilingual Programs Department Director
    Alief Independent School District

    Katharine Garcia-Vance, Ed.D. 
    Multilingual Programs Department Coordinator
    Alief Independent School District

    Andrea Grajeda 
    Multilingual Programs Department PK-6 Supervisor
    Alief Independent School District

    Marjorie Hsu
    Multilingual Programs Department 7-12 Supervisor
    Alief Independent School District

    Maria Moreno 
    Multilingual Programs Department Secretary
    (281) 498-8110 ext. 29071

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