English Language Learners (ELL)

ELL at a Glance

The ELL/Bilingual programs in the Sheboygan Area School District started in the late 1970's with the arrival of the Hmong refugees from the Vietnam War. By 1980 there were 80 students K-10. Today there are about 1,900 ELL/Bilingual students who participate in the programs, and roughly 20 different languages are represented among these students. The main languages are Hmong and Spanish.

ELL / Bilingual Mission

In order to ensure students acquire sufficient English proficiency and to enable them to function successfully in the classroom and society the ELL curriculum is content based and reflect mainstreamed curriculum whenever possible and students are placed at age appropirate grade levels regardless of English language proficiency. 


At all grade levels ELL/Bilingual programs fall on the same standards based curriculum as the mainstream classrooms. At the middle school and high school levels curriculum in specific content areas may be modified somewhat in the area of vocabulary, yet concepts remain the same.

For more information, please contact:

ELL Secretary
Darlene Osieczonek | dosieczonek@sheboygan.k12.wi.us
(920) 459-6731

ELL Coordinator
Kelly Blum | kblum@sheboygan.k12.wi.us

  • Sheboygan Area School District
  • 830 Virginia Ave Sheboygan, WI 53081
  • Phone: (920) 459-3500 Fax: (920) 459-6487