Counselors, teachers and tutors in the English Language Learners Program:

  • Teach English-as-a-second-language as required by law.

  • Identify, assess, and diagnose the needs of bilingual students needing ESL instruction.

  • Assist schools in communicating with bilingual parents in their first language, whenever possible.

  • Work closely with classroom teachers, counselors, and staff to provide each bilingual-bicultural student a coordinated program of study.

  • Utilize the students' cultural, linguistic, and ethnic backgrounds in their instruction.

  • Assist in developing cultural enrichment activities and programs in classrooms and on a schoolwide basis.


The chart at right shows the top ten languages spoken at home by students receiving services from the ELL Program. These numbers do not represent the district as a whole. 




At the elementary level the ELL program consists of:

  • The tutorial program which provides individualized (one-on-one) and small group tutoring in ESL and other content areas for bilingual students throughout the district.

  • The Bilingual/ESL Learning Centers offer bilingual students intensive ESL instruction for up to three hours per day using the student's first language whenever possible. As the students become more proficient in English, they are gradually mainstreamed into their homeroom classes. Learning Centers are located at 13 elementary schools in the district. They were selected based on the high number of bilingual students enrolled at the school.

  • Multicultural Education activities encourage an awareness of and sensitivity to diverse languages and cultures for all students and staff. The ELLP staff offers assistance for the classroom teachers to plan and conduct cultural activities in assigned schools involving parents and community resources. These activities build pride in students' culture and enhance their self-esteem.


At the secondary level the ELL program consists of:

  • English-as-a-second language (ESL) classes. These classes are available to bilingual students taught by certificated teachers. The ESL courses are designed to meet the survival and academic needs of bilingual students, as well as to help students earn the necessary English credits to graduate.

  • ESL content classes offer bilingual students, who may have limited English proficiency, an opportunity to enroll in social studies, science, and/or math courses taught by certificated teachers trained in those subject areas. Students are able to earn necessary credits for graduation.

  • The Newcomers' Center offers monolingual students in grades 6-12 an opportunity to enroll in a two and one-half hour block period of intensive English language instruction. Certificated teachers teach the class with assistance from a bilingual tutor; a full-time bilingual/ESL counselor is assigned to work with students, parents, and staff at the home schools. Students are taught the necessary survival skills as well as basic concepts in language arts, social studies, science, math, and health education.

  • The NC is located at Wendler Middle School and transportation is provided for students from their home school.

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