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English Learner Department

The English Learner (EL) program is a series of courses designed to help students whose first language is not English improve their English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Depending on their English language proficiency (ELP) levels, students take one to three EL courses: English Language Development (ELD), sheltered content courses and/or a focused structured resource course. Additional EL programming includes co-taught content courses making content accessible while in the mainstream classroom. The EL teacher(s) work closely with the counseling staff to ensure a plan for success to graduation. The overall goal of the EL program is for students to be able to compete academically with native English speakers

Parent Involvement: Parents are encouraged to contact their student’s EL teacher with questions or concerns. EL teachers are available at all conferences. Interpreter services are available for parents who want to speak in a language other than English.

 Entrance into EL Program

A student is enrolled into the EL program based on:

  1. Identification through enrollment form
  2. Assessed using WIDA Screener

 Exit from EL Program

A student may exit the EL program based on:

  • ACCESS State Exam
  • Standardized test scores
  • Success in other courses
  • Ability to advocate for his/her own learning, and/or
  • EL teacher recommendation
Mathew Karasek

Mathew Karasek

English Second Language Tchr