English Language Learners (ELL)

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At all grade levels ELL/Bilingual programs follow the same standards based cirriculum as the mainstream classoroms. Students are placed at age appropriate grade levels regardless of English language proficiency. At the EC/Elementary levels students follow the same curriculum and assessment as regular classrooms. Students are integrated in grade level mainstream classrooms during physical education, music, and art. At the middle school and high school levels cirriculum in specific content areas may be modified somewhat inthe area of vocabulary, yet concepts remain the same.

Bilingual Early Childhood Program

Bilingual Early Childhood Program are 4-half day classes per week and has instruction conducted in Spanish. Everyday classroom directions are given in English as well as other academic and social items that lend themselves to easy translation.

ELL Early Childhood ELL Early Childhood classes are 4-half day classes per week. Students are fully mainstreamed with itinerant support and bilingual support in Hmong and Spanish is provided when possible.

Elementary Bilingual Spanish / English - Limited English Proficient (LEP)

Kindergarten - Instruction is conducted in Spanish. Everyday classroom directions are given in English as well s other academic and social items that lend themselves to easy translation.

1st Grade - Instruction is conducted in Spanish. Everyday classroom directions are given in English as well as other academic and social items that lend themselves to easy translation. Specialized vocabulary lessons in English are conducted. High LEP 2s and 3s can begin transitional mainstreaming in subject areas as determined by the teacher according to students' strengths and/or where students are achieving a grade level.

2nd Grade - Everyday instruction is conducted in Spanish with English for classroom directions, and for other academic and social items that lend themselves to easy translation. Specialized vocabulary lessons in English are continued. Some literacy skills will be transferred from Spanish to English, such as reading strategies. High LEP 2s and 3s can begin transitional mainstreaming in subject areas as determined by the teacher according to students' strengths and/or where students are achieving a grade level.

3rd Grade - English is used daily for classroom directions and in content areas. Instruction is conducted in Spanish and English. Mainstreaming will also begin to occur. The goal will be to teach 60% Spanish and 40% English in the first semester, increasing to 70% English by the end of third grade for students who entered kindergarten or first grade.

4th Grade - Instruction is conducted in English with Spanish support. Content areas are taught in English with concepts clarified using bilingual support as needed.

5th Grade - Instruction is conducted in English with Spanish support. Students are placed with a mainstream teacher in the morning for math, science, and silent reading. content areas are taught in English with concepts clarified using bilingual support as needed.

Dual Language Program

By the year 2010, the Dual Language Program will be offered for grades kindergarten through fifth. The program successfully blends two language education models: an immersion program for English speaking students and a bilingual maintenance program for Spanish speaking students. The program is based on 70% in Spanish and 30% in English. The students learn to read and write in their native language. When students are ready to transition, they begin to read and write in their second language. Assessments for literacy are given to teach student in both languages. In grades K-4, literacy is taught in both languages. Math is instructed in English in grades K, 2, and 4. Spanish instruction for math in grades 1, 3, and 5. Social Studies and Science instructed in English in grades 1, 3, and 5; Spanish in grades K, 2, and 4.

Elementary ELL Program - Limited English Proficient (LEP)

LEP 1 and 2 - in Center or modified classes with bilingual support (Hmong and Spanish) whenever possible. Whenever it is feasible to do so, students will be grouped by a single grade level in a center classroom. English acquisition will be taught in the contact areas of Reading, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science. Mainstreaming in Math, Social Studies, Science, and Specialist classes will occur as appropriate for individual students. Bilingual support in Hmong and Spanish is provided when possible. Conversely, if two or more grade levels are grouped together per ELL teacher, priority will be given to teaching English through the content in the areas of Reading, Language Arts, and Math. Every effort will be made to also provide center support for the areas of Social Studies and Science. Mainstreaming in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Specialist classes will occur with academic support, as appropriate. Bilingual support in Hmong and Spanish is provided when possible.

LEP 3 - Mainstream classes in Center or Home school with ELL Itinerant support for language acquisition in the content areas. Bilingual support in Hmong and Spanish is provided when possible.

LEP 4s and 5s - Mainstream classes in Home School with ELL Itinerant support and some bilingual support in Hmong and Spanish if needed and whenever possible.

Middle School Program

LEP 1s and 2s - Courses taught in the ELL Centers (Farnsworth and Horace Mann) introduce basic content vocabulary, concepts, survival skills, with an emphasis on language development. Some mainstreaming may be done for math if student have near grade level skills. Students take one ELL Allied Arts class in addition to a mainstreamed Allied Arts class and Physical Education.

LEP 3 - Some students are mainstreams in a set rotation so that an ELL teacher or bilingual aide is available as a resource. Students are mainstreamed in Physical Education and oneother Allied Arts area. Oen period of study assistance is provided for content areas until (at least) the end of the first grading period.

LEP 4s and 5s - Students are mainstreamed in all courses in home school, with itinerant services. One period of study assistance is provided for content areas until (at least) the end of the first grading period.

North High School Program

LEP 1s, 2s, and 3s course offerings:
ELL English 1, 2, 3, and 4, ELL English Practical Writing, and ELL Creative Writing, ELL African-Asian World 1 and 2, ELL Western Civilization 1 and 2, ELL US History 1 and 2, ELL Tutorials

LEP 4s and 5s course offerings:
ELL Tutorials

South High School Program

All the below classes provide either a bilingual teacher or a bilingual educational assistant for support.

LEP 1s and 2s course offerings:
English acquisition through content area English, Social Studies, Math, Algebra, and Science classes

LEP 2s and 3s course offerings:
ELL Meaning and Print 1 and 2, ELL English 1, 2, 3, and 4, ELL English Basic Skills, ELL English Practical Writing, ELL Composition, ELL African-Asian World 1 and 2, ELL Western Civilization 1 and 2, ELL US History 1 and 2, ELL Social Problems 1 and 2, ELL Algebra 1 and 2, ELL Geometry 1 and 2, ELL Integrated Science 1 and 2, ELL Biology 1 and 2, ELL Botany 1 and 2, ELL Health, ELL Beginning Cloth, ELL Basic Foods, ELL General Shop 1 and 2, Hmong for Hmong Speakers, Spanish for Spanish Speakers, ELL Business, ELL Computer and Technology, ELL Keyboarding, ELL Tutorials

LEP 4s and 5s course offerings:
ELL Tutorials