English Language Learners

During the application process, all families will answer a series of questions to understand a student’s home language as a first effort for Child Find and to determine if they need any additional English language support.   Students with positive responses to any of the Home Language Survey questions will be referred to the ELL point of contact. 

English Language Learners are defined as:

  • An individual—

(A) who is age 3 through 21;

(B) who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary

school;

(C)(i) who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a

language other than English;

(ii) (I) who is a Native American or Alaska Native, or a native resident of the

outlying areas; and

(II) who comes from an environment where a language other than English has

had a significant impact on the individual's level of English language proficiency; or

(iii) who is migratory, whose native language is a language other than English,

and who comes from an environment where a language other than English is

dominant; and

(D) whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English

language may be sufficient to deny the individual—

(i) the ability to meet the State's proficient level of achievement on State assessments described in section 1111(b)(3);

(ii) the ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English; or

                   (iii) the opportunity to participate fully in society

The ELL contact will talk with the family to determine if services were previously provided at the last school of attendance and will work to understand the current language needs of the student.  Additionally the school will request and review prior school English Learner records, including previous ELL evaluations and program plans to determine if a placement test or an assessment is necessary to determine ELL service support.   The WIDA ACCESS Placement Test, also referenced as the W-APT, is administered to all initially enrolled language minority students.  This test functions as a screener that is used for the initial assessment and English as a Second Language (ESL) program placement of students who are identified as limited English proficient (LEP). 

When a student is identified as ELL they will participate in the school’s English as a Second Language Program. The ESL program provides English language instruction for students (pull-out and sheltered instruction).  This program takes into account the student's level of English proficiency and builds on the language skills and academic subject knowledge of the student.  Some students of Limited English Proficiency may have modified instruction and assessments geared to meet their needs.

Depending on the level of support needed, students will receive focused and targeted English Language Development (ELD) support by a licensed ESL teacher, and lessons structured around WIDA ELD Standards and research based practices. In addition, students will have access to online curriculum that is designed around the rigorous WIDA ELD standards. The program supports students to learn academic language and communication necessary for excellence in their content area classes. Students also receive support from their content area teachers in the form of strategies that help students understand and master content area standards.

Students who qualify for ELL services are assessed annually in four domains: Listening, speaking, reading, and writing using the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs.

It is important that ESL students receive the same academic opportunities as students who are proficient in English. We are committed to the success of all students.

For more information on the school’s ELL program, please contact Shannon Lewis, ELL teacher, at slewis@k12.com or at 231-794-5999 ext. 3234.

A professional human translator may be requested at any time by contacting the ELL contact, Shannon Lewis, at slewis@k12.com or at 231-794-5999, ext. 3234.