6:160-AP1 – English Language Learners Program

This is a brief description of the program. More detailed information and procedures can be found in the ELL Program Manual.

Target Population Students who speak a language other than English in their home.
Eligibility An overall score of 4 or less on the WAPT.
Entrance Procedures Within 30 days of a student’s enrollment, the following should occur:

  1. If a parent indicates on the Home Language Survey that a language other than English is spoken in the home and the student speaks this language, the building clerical staff must forward this survey to the ELL teacher to determine whether further testing is necessary.
  2. The ELL teacher administers the state approved language proficiency test, the WAPT, to the student and determines eligibility.
  3. The ELL teacher, classroom teacher, and principal meet to discuss the level of ELL service or other services appropriate for the student.
  4. Parents are notified through the state approved parent notification letter, which is signed by the principal.
  5. In the case of parent refusal of services, a parent refusal form must be signed and place in the student’s file. Please note that the student will still be required to participate in state mandated language acquisition testing.
  6. All parent notification forms and signed documents must be kept in the student’s cumulative folder.
Instructional Delivery Model Native Spanish Speakers

K-2 Bilingual program – Spanish literacy and language are strengthened while English literacy and language are acquired.

3-5 ESL Program – By paralleling Spanish and English literacy instruction, whenever possible, students receive content area focus in English while continuing their Spanish literacy foundation.

6-8 ESL Program – Students are scheduled for a two-period block that replaces their literature instruction. Literacy instruction with a content-area focus and English language acquisition are provided. Spanish language content area support is provided, when possible.

9-12 ESL Program – Students are scheduled for an ESL block for the entire year that replaces their English course. Literacy instruction with a content-area focus and English language acquisition are provided.

Low Incidence Language Speakers

K-5 ESL Program – Students receive English language instruction and eventually English literacy instruction with a content-area focus. Daily instructional time varies according to the needs of the student.

6-8 ESL Program – Students are scheduled for a two-period block that replaces their literature instruction. Literacy instruction with a content-area focus and English language acquisition are provided.

9-12 ESL Program – Students are scheduled for an ESL block for the entire year that replaces their English course. Literacy instruction with a content-area focus and English language acquisition are provided.

 Exit Procedures 1. Students must score at least an overall score of 4 on the ACCESS, must be passing all of their classes, and have the recommendation of their classroom and ELL teachers.

2. The ELL teacher, classroom teacher, and principal meet to discuss if the student should be exited and any necessary support services appropriate for the student.3. In the case of students scoring in the “expanding” area on the ACCESS and working with an IEP or 504 plan, exiting decisions will be made on a case by case basis.

4. Parents are notified through the state approved parent notification letter.

5. All parent notification forms and signed documents must be kept in the student’s cumulative folder.

Date Adopted:  04/10/2007