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Renton School District

English Language Learners (ELL) Services

Enrollment in ELL

  1. Student registers at their school, filling out the Home Language Survey.
  2. The Home Language Survey inquires if a language other than English is mostly spoken by the student at home (question #3) or if a language other than English was the student’s first language (question #2).
  • No student will be placed in an English language development program based solely on responses to this form.
  1. If the answers to either question #2 or #3 are a language other than English, or English AND another language, the student will be given the ELPA21 screener to determine the level of their English proficiency.
  • Students who score with limited overall proficiency levels (Emerging or Progressing) on the screener are eligible for ELL services. Students who score Proficient overall are not eligible for ELL services.
  1. Parents/guardians are notified in writing within 30 days of the student taking the ELPA21 screener if their student qualifies for ELL services.

Services Offered

Kindergarten

Renton School District trains its teachers in the SIOP method of instruction to ensure their instruction is accessible to ELL students. The language-rich environment of the kindergarten classroom is the ideal place for students to build their language skills. Kindergarten teachers collaborate with ELL staff to meet the needs of ELL students.

Elementary

Renton School District trains its teachers in the SIOP method of instruction to ensure their instruction is accessible to ELL students. Students in grades 1-5 participate in their regular classes with their peers. They may receive specialized ELL instruction in small groups inside or outside of the classroom based on each student's proficiency and grade levels.

Secondary

Renton School District trains its teachers in the SIOP method of instruction to ensure their instruction is accessible to ELL students. In grades 6- 12, students are placed in ELL classes in one of four levels: Newcomer,Beginning,Intermediate or Advanced. ELL students may repeat an ELL class as necessary. In grade 9- 12 credits earned in ELL classes are applied toward graduation requirements. ELL students are also placed in mainstream elective and content area courses. Students will be matriculated into the regular classroom as soon as possible, with a full-day regular education program being the ultimate goal.

New Comer

A year-long course that focuses on English language acquisition. This class is a total of 3 hours throughout the day. Students learn basic English language skills to be able to communicate and participate within their general education classes.

Beginning Language Arts - ELL

A year-long course that focuses on English language acquisition. Students are enrolled concurrently in Beginning Language Arts and Beginning Support focusing on English Language instruction to develop skills to comprehend and communicate in reading, writing, listening, and speaking using the English language.

Beginning Support - ELL

A year-long course that focuses on English language acquisition designed to reinforce and supports student's language acquisition in reading,writing, listening, and speaking.

Intermediate Language Arts - ELL

A year-long course that focuses on English language acquisition. This course emphasizes and develops English language skills within the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Intermediate Support - ELL

A year-long course that focuses on English language acquisition designed to reinforce and supports student's language acquisition in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Advanced Language Arts - ELL

A year-long course that focuses on English language acquisition.This course makes provision for further development of English language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Exiting ELL

Students remain in the ELL program until they have mastered the skills needed to pass the annual English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA), which is given each spring.

Parents/guardians will receive a letter and the test results indicating if their child passed the ELPA.

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