The English Language Learner Program at Westhill currently has speakers of 18 different languages from around the world! Westhill staff work with students of all language levels, from beginning to advanced, to develop their English language proficiency. Westhill staff and students benefit from the unique cultural and linguistic knowledge and backgrounds which our ELL families bring to our school.
English Learner services, in combination with general education, provides students (K-12) with linguistic development accessing grade level academic content as they acquire English language proficiency. English Learner students receive appropriately differentiated levels of direct services based on their language proficiency and grade level.
We BELIEVE that every student has the capacity to achieve academic success and make a positive contribution to society.
We VALUE the diversity of our community and recognize the importance of celebrating this diversity within the learning environment.
We RECOGNIZE that systemic barriers exist and are key contributing factors in the pervasive, disparate student achievement outcome within our school system.
Our diverse population of learners will have equal access to rigorous academic content while acquiring language proficiency through sheltered instruction so that they are ready for lifelong success after graduation. As a community we will create awareness that it takes from 5-10 years to achieve academic language proficiency and we assume simultaneous development of language and content-area knowledge.
EL support is provided in all 21 Northshore Elementary Schools. Emerging and Progressing EL students are in general education classrooms and will receive additional assistance from a certificated EL teacher or an EL paraprofessional based on their student data. Classroom teachers will provide support to Proficient EL students within core content by using language development strategies to support listening, speaking, reading and writing. EL staff provide supplemental academic vocabulary instruction through push-in or pull-out, small, flexible groups. In addition, Newcomers (0-2 years in the U.S.) receive instruction to build essential English language communication skills.
EL staff collaborate with classroom teachers to monitor students who have exited from EL services. Students are monitored for 2 years to ensure they continue to make academic progress in school. Assistance is provided as needed for proficient EL students.
EL support is provided at all 6 middle schools. Emerging and Progressing EL students follow the general education plan and also receive one EL class period a day from a certificated EL teacher. Progressing EL students with academic needs can also enroll in this EL class period. The EL class is designed to provide intensive English language development to develop all skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing and comprehension.
EL Paraprofessional staff provides supplemental academic vocabulary instruction through push-in or pull-out, small, flexible groups. Students receive assistance within their general classrooms. Students who have exited EL services in the past 2 years are also provided support if there are academic needs.
Emerging and Progressing EL students follow the general education plan and also receive up to two EL class periods a day from a certificated EL teacher including:
- Daily EL English: Beginning and Intermediate students receive English credit while developing English proficiency skills (and/or)
- Academic English Language: Beginning, Intermediate (and Advanced, depending on needs) EL students receive academic content support focusing on the academic language necessary in core content classes.
Additionally, EL Paraprofessional staff provide supplemental academic vocabulary instruction through push-in or pull-out, small, flexible groups. Students receive assistance within their general classrooms. Students who have exited EL services in the past 2 years are also provided support if there are academic needs.