English Language Learners (ELL)
We are committed to providing the opportunity for all of our students to be completely bilingual and bi-literate. Each year between 3-10% of our students speak a language other than English at home with their families. Our English Language Learner classes support these students in their English language acquisition.
In accordance with federal and state mandates, SLLIS assesses and provides English language instructional services for students identified as English Language Learners. Within the first 30 days of attending school with us, a student who has a home language influence other than, or in addition to English, is screened for English language proficiency.
Students who meet the federal guidelines for English Language Learners are assigned to small group English instruction during the school day. Each school year students who are receiving services have two additional testing periods using the WIDA assessment to measure their growth in English language acquisition. As a student’s English language acquisition progresses, they gradually end ELL services.
Do you think that your child may qualify for English Language Learner services? Please contact the English Language Learner (ELL) Specialist Jill Meyer.
All students receive English Language Arts instruction daily beginning in second grade.