Enrollment & Identification of English Language Learners:
Our English Language Learners (ELL) program supports students who are not proficient in the English language in order to provide them with an equal educational opportunity. The ELL program helps students develop their English listening, reading, writing and speaking skills through interactive small group sessions.
English Language Learners should be placed in a grade level appropriate to their age unless other factors preclude such a placement. Other factors to consider include: educational background, length of time in the country, English language proficiency, first language proficiency and parental requests. Entering students should not be placed more than one grade level below their age appropriate grade.
Initial placement decisions will be made by a building level team consisting of, but is not limited to, the building principal, ELL specialist, ELL coordinator, and counselor.
Each student in kindergarten through grade twelve, who has a primary or home language other than English, will be identified upon enrollment by using the identifying information through registration and the home language survey. If the home language survey indicates any language other than English is used by the student or in the home, we screen the student using the Ohio English Proficiency Screener (OELPS). The results of the OELPS assessment will determine if a student is placed in the ELL program. ELL specialists will make home visits and reach out to families to ensure family background and schooling history. Our ELL specialists will then determine services and scheduling along with the general education teacher.