ELL Elementary and Secondary Programs
Supportive Mainstream Instructional Program is offered at each of the four elementary schools. The goal of this program model is English language proficiency integrated with grade-level academic achievement.
Guided by the state English Language Proficiency Standards, Common Core Grade Level Standards, and district curriculum, the ELL staff uses supplemental materials to facilitate English language development and to support grade level curriculum.
- Students are in mainstream English speaking classrooms all or most of the day
- ELL teachers provide 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 ELL teachers to facilitate language support in classrooms
The type and amount of service received depend mainly on the proficiency level of the student. Knowing that a student’s proficiency level 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 ELL Program
ELL Students in middle school and high school of all proficiency levels take one period of ELL class in their respective school. They take regular classes the rest of the day. Language development instruction focuses on practices that align with the English Language Proficiency Standards.
Language development instruction involves building academic language vocabulary, reading and writing in different discourses, and engaging in discussions and presentations. Students also learn about American culture by reading and discussing newspapers, magazines, stories, poems, and specific ELL materials.