The English Language Learner (ELL) program is designed to provide support to students who have limited English proficiency in grades K-12. The program is aligned to the state English Language Proficiency standards and the Common Core ELA Standards. ELL teachers are highly qualified and provide instruction in reading, writing, speaking and listening. All limited English language learners are assessed for their language proficiency to determine program placement.

The following programming is designed to bring students to proficiency in English while ensuring that they receive grade-level content instruction that is accessible to them at their current level of language proficiency:

  1. Intensive English / Immersion Center Programs Students who are new to the United States receive intensive English language instruction embedded in the content areas. Classroom teachers are highly qualified to provide ELL instruction. Students graduate to a center-base site when they achieve the designated level of proficiency or after two years, whichever comes first. Programming is provided at: Elementary Immersion Center at Jane Addams, Middle School Immersion Center at George McGovern Middle School, Lincoln High School, Washington High School and Roosevelt High School.
  2. Push-In and Pullout English (Elementary Center-Base) ELL teachers support English Language Learners in their regular classroom by providing Push-In instruction. Push-In instruction requires ELL and Classroom teachers to plan collaboratively and communicate frequently about individual student needs and classroom learning objectives. Students may spend additional time pulled out into specialized ELL classrooms for more intensive language instruction. Programming is provided at: Anne Sullivan, Laura B. Anderson, Terry Redlin, Longfellow, Lowell, Cleveland, Hawthorne, Hayward, and Rosa Parks. Itinerant Services (Elementary) Students in grades K-5 who live in the Garfield Elementary attendance area attend Hawthorne Elementary until they are nearing proficiency in English. At that point, they return to Garfield where they receive push-in and/or pullout support two or three times per week.
  3. Sheltered instruction (Middle School and High School) Students spend additional time in a Sheltered Language Arts classroom that focuses on continued English Language development. They learn grade-level math, science and social studies in Sheltered courses that have smaller class sizes. Instruction focuses on building language skills while learning academic content. Programming is provided at Whittier Middle School, George McGovern Middle School, Lincoln High School, Washington High School, and Roosevelt High School.
  4. Presidents’ Academy (High School) The program is designed to meet the learning needs of older students who have little or no formal education or who have had several extended interruptions in formal schooling. Students follow a personalized academic plan that uses a blend of computer-based and teacher?led instruction to accelerate credit attainment. Teacher-led small group instruction focuses on language development. The Presidents’ Academy has an extended school year of 215 days. Upon completion, students receive a high school diploma. Students exit the ELL program when they test proficient on the WIDA ACCESS test that is administered annually in February.