ELL Elementary and Secondary Programs
"Supportive Mainstream" English Language Development Services is offered at each of the four elementary schools. The goal of this model is English language proficiency integrated with grade-level academic achievement.
- Students are in mainstream English speaking classrooms all or most of the day
- ELD staff provides supplemental English language support inside (push-in) or outside (pull-out) of the mainstream classroom
- Mainstream and supplemental English instruction is conducted using English with specific strategies to foster English language development and make grade-level content meaningfully accessible
- Mainstream teachers collaborate with ELD teachers to facilitate language support in classrooms
Guided by the state WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards, Common Core Grade Level Standards, and district curriculum, the ELD staff uses supplemental materials to facilitate English Language Development and to support grade level curriculum.
The type and amount of service received depend mainly on the proficiency status/overall level and domain levels of the student. We understanding that a student’s levels reflects the performance level at the time of placement test or annual test and that the progress in acquiring English language may vary. Other factors are also considered: length of attendance in U.S. schools, trimester progress reports, progress monitoring of reading skills by classroom teachers, summative and formative assessments, amount of parental support at home, etc.
Secondary ELD Services
Secondary ELs take regular classes and one period of ELD class.
Language development instruction involves building academic language vocabulary, reading and writing in different discourses, and engaging in discussion and presentations. Students also learn about the American culture by reading and discussing newspapers, magazines, stories, poems, and specific ELD resources.
There is additional academic support for ELs provided by ELD paraeducators. They help core classes to support ELL with language, content vocabulary, and assignments.