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 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 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 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 ELL Program
Secondary students take regular classes (high school students have the option to take one period of ELD support class). There is additional academic support for EL students through our ELD paraeducators. They push into core classes to support ELL students with language, content vocabulary, and assignments. IMS ELL support also includes a cohort of ELs during "Gator Time".
HS ELD support class: Language development instruction involves building academic language vocabulary, reading ans writing in different discourses, and engaging in discussion and presentations. Students also learn about American culture by reading and discussing newspapers, magazines, stories, poems, and specific EL resources.