• English as a Second Language

    WCPSS Language Assistance Program for English Language Learners

    English Language Learner (ELL)/ Limited English Proficient (LEP) refers to students who report a home language other than English and are in the process of acquiring English language proficiency.

    An annual LEP Plan is created for each student based upon the most recent data available and the professional judgment of the teachers responsible for instruction.

    English as a Second Language (ESL)
    The goal of ESL is to support English Language Learners’ academic achievement by accelerating English language development and facilitating essential understanding(s) through connections with grade-appropriate skills and concepts.

    ESL curriculum and instruction varies according to ELLs current levels of English proficiency and grade levels. Instruction ranges from building academic language for creating a foundation for learning to guiding and expanding the development of a child’s use of more advanced language skills.

    School-Wide Language Assistance
    In addition to ESL instruction, WCPSS schools provide language supports to ensure English Language Learners have access to grade level instruction throughout the school day. Collaboration with ESL teachers, collaborative teacher teams, and professional learning opportunities facilitate appropriate service delivery.

    If your child’s primary language is not English

    WCPSS must administer a state-mandated proficiency test to determine eligibility for language assistance services.  The results of this test will help school staff know the level of language support your child may need. Contact the Center for International Enrollment for more information.