The district provides special programs for gifted and talented students, homeless students, bilingual students, migrant students, students with limited English proficiency, dyslexic students, and students with disabilities. The coordinator of each program can answer questions about eligibility requirements, as well as programs and services offered in the district or by other organizations. A student or parent with questions about these programs should contact the building principal.
• Bilingual/ESLChildren in Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade whose primary language is Spanish and are identified as needing help learning English may attend a full-time bilingual program at L. P. Waters, Carver, or Crockett Elementary. Basic concepts of required skills are taught in both languages while instilling a positive identity in children with their cultural heritage. The English as a Second Language (ESL) program assists students in all grade levels whose home language is one other than English to acquire English language skills. The ESL program is offered on all campuses. Questions regarding the Bilingual/ESL program should be addressed to the district’s coordinator, Bilingual/ESL is Barbara Price, at 903-408-4434.
The GISD Gifted and Talented Education Program provides services for students with exceptional ability or the potential for exceptional ability in one or more of the following areas: general intellectual ability, specific subject matter aptitude, creative and productive thinking ability, and /or leadership ability. All kindergarten students are evaluated during the fall of each year and begin GT classes during the second semester of school. New students in grades one through six, plus GISD students being reevaluated for the program, are screened in August. At Greenville Middle School and Greenville High School the Gifted and Talented Program is carried out through Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement classes. Questions regarding entry into the program should be addressed to the District’s Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Gifted and Talented is Barbara Price, at 903-408-4434.
• Dyslexia Program
The Greenville ISD Dyslexia Program provides dyslexic students with research-based interventions which will enable them to build upon their personal strengths and reach their full potential in order to lead successful, productive lives.Referrals for dyslexia evaluations may be made by teachers, parents, students, or any other persons. Referrals are generally made through the classroom teacher or campus counselor. Identification of dyslexia follows the procedures outlined in the State Dyslexia Handbook. Decisions regarding the identification of dyslexia are made by a committee of knowledgeable persons. Dyslexia intervention follows the descriptors outlined in the Texas Dyslexia Handbook. The program used in Greenville ISD is an Orton-Gillingham based curriculum and is offered on all campuses. Questions concerning the program should be addressed to the Dyslexia Coordinator, Dyslexia Program is Barbara Price, at 903-408-4434.
The Migrant Education Program in Greenville ISD provides supplemental services that meet the educational needs of migrant children at the preschool, elementary, and secondary school levels. The term "migratory child" means a child who is, or whose parent or spouse is, a migratory agricultural worker and who, in the preceding 36 months has moved from one school to another in order to obtain, or accompany such a parent or spouse in order to obtain, temporary or seasonal employment. These services help to ensure that migratory children will have an opportunity to meet the same challenging state content and performance standards that all children are expected to meet. Priority is given to students who are one or more years behind grade for their age or have failed to meet the standard on one or more sections of the TAKS test. Questions regarding the Migrant program should be addressed to the district’s coordinator, Migrant Education Program is Barbara Price, at 903-408-4434.
• Homeless Program
The McKinney-Vento Act of 2001 specifies and protects the rights of children and youth in homeless situations. This includes children and youth who sleep at night in a shelter for homeless (including family shelters, runaway youth shelters, and domestic violence shelters); in a shelter awaiting institutionalization, adoption, foster care, or other placement; and a child or youth who sleeps at night in a car, tent, an abandoned building, or other place not ordinarily used as a sleeping accommodation for human beings. Homeless children are enrolled in, and have full and equal opportunity to success in Greenville ISD. Parents of homeless children are informed of the available educational and related opportunities and are fully informed of all transportation services, including transportation to the school of origin, and are assisted in accessing transportation to the school of enrollment. In addition, any homeless child or youth is entitled to free school breakfast and lunch. Questions concerning the homeless program in Greenville ISD should be directed to Wes Underwood, District Liaison for Homeless Children, at 903-457-2530.