English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language is a program that strives to create or improve the development of social and academic English language proficiency for non-native speakers of the English language. Structures in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing and comprehension are the focus for instruction.
Students in Kindergarten through fifth grade receive approximately 30 minutes or more of E.S.L. instruction daily. Middle school students receive the equivalent of one class period of ESL instruction. For the most part, our E.S.L. program operates as a pull out program with small groups of students drawn from regular classrooms by grade and/or language proficiency. An in-class support model is sometimes provided for students whose proficiency has reached a high level.