English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

 

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program is designed to provide equal educational opportunities to students in kindergarten through high school who have a primary or home language other than English and who are Limited English Proficient (LEP).  The  primary focus is to provide an English-rich environment so those students will become proficient in the English language and be able to participate in the regular education program.

Students who have been identified as LEP are pulled out of their regular classes for a period of 30-60 minutes, 3-5 days a week to receive instruction in the English language and American culture.  Students are assessed every spring using the English Language Development Assessment (ELDA).  Students who pass the ELDA are monitored for a minimum of two years before being exited from the program.

The ESOL Program also provides the schools with translations and interpretations (Spanish only, by request) as well as translations of select school documents into Spanish and Chinese.

Currently, the ESOL Program serves and monitors 224 students from fifteen (15) different countries and twelve  (12) different language backgrounds.
                        
93% of the ESOL students were born in the USA.

Languages spoken include:  Dutch, Gjarati,  Hindi, Japenese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Nahautl, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese.