Elementary Programs

Elementary Programs

EL teachers provide supplemental English language development through direct instruction for students at English proficiency levels 1-5. At the elementary level, most ELs receive the greater part of their instruction in the general education classroom. Classroom and EL teachers collaborate to teach language, create accommodations, and differentiate based on the needs of the students in their classrooms. EL service is provided through a co-teaching model and/or small-group instruction designed for EL students. These services are often provided in Reader’s, Writer’s, and/or Math Workshop.  Collaboration allows for planning, teaching, and assessment of content and language objectives for ELs in the mainstream classroom (Echevarria, Vogt, & Short, 2009). 

Language Academy

What is a Language Academy Program?

Language Academy (LA) is a program designed to provide newcomer English Learner (EL) students in grades 1-12 with intensive English language instruction to foster academic success and develop English language skills.  

Language Academy students in elementary schools are placed in mainstream classrooms where they engage in grade-appropriate curriculum and receive intensive language instruction. These services are provided collaboratively by mainstream teachers and EL teachers, through differentiated instruction and authentic assessment, to best meet the students’ needs. Is is designed to provide newcomer EL students in grades 1-5 with an education that builds content knowledge in order to foster academic success and language skills at their grade level. The Language Academy program provides students with an opportunity to participate in the school and larger community.

New to country students and EL level 1 students receive additional intensive language support through English Now! classes.  English Now! Curriculum is designed for students with beginning level of English proficiency and those who need additional support in English language development.

Students can be enrolled in a Language Academy program for 2 years.

Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning is an innovative Language and Literacy program that utilizes technology to support and engage English Language Learners. Students take an in-depth adaptive placement test then proceed through an individualized plan that includes up to 2,500 activities to increase their reading and speaking skills.



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