Special Programs include the following areas:
- Response to Intervention (RtI)
- 504 Services
- Dyslexia Therapy
- Bilingual/ESL Services
- Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies (PBIS)
- State Testing
- UIL Academics
If you have questions regarding any of these areas, please contact:
Director of Special Programs
EISD Administration Bldg.
303 W. Knox
Ennis, TX 75119
Response to Intervention (RtI) is a multi-tiered approach to help struggling learners. Students' progress is closely monitored at each stage of intervention to determine the need for further research-based instruction and/or intervention in general education setting. Response to Intervention is a process which includes the provision of systematic, research-based instruction and interventions to struggling learners. The student intervention team (C.A.R.E. team) has been created on each campus to assist with intervention planning.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a broad base civil rights law administered by the Office of Civil Rights, which protects the rights of persons with disabilities. The purpose of the Act and these procedures is to prohibit discrimination and to assure that disabled students have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to non-disabled students.
Dyslexia Therapy classes are offered to students who are identified as having the characteristics associated with dyslexia. The child's parent, teacher, principal, counselor, or Ennis ISD Curriculum Director can request special screening for this program after the child's eighth birthday. Ennis ISD uses the Scottish Rite Hospital Dyslexia Program.
Bilingual Education & ESL
Bilingual Education and the ESL (English as a Second Language) program are state-mandated programs designed to help students who are not fluent in English acquire more skill and proficiency in the language. Bilingual classes are available for limited English students from Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade. ESL classes are available from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Students are assigned according to their language proficiency skills.
The University Interscholastic League offers the most comprehensive literary and academic competitive program in the nation. It offers more than any other UIL division in terms of activities, with 22 high school and 18 elementary and junior high contests. More than a half million students participate in UIL academic contests.
In addition, the UIL sponsors the Interscholastic League Press Conference, one of the nation's oldest, largest and most highly respected student press associations. These activities, which exist to complement the academic curriculum, are designed to motivate students as they acquire higher levels of knowledge, to challenge students to confront issues of importance, and to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of specific skills.