Program Description: This is an entitlement program, under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The purpose of Title III, Part A, is to help ensure that children and youth who are limited English proficient, Native American and/or immigrants, attain English language proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging state academic standards that all children are expected to meet.
The Algoma School District English Language Learners (ELL) Program is designed to:
- Help ELLs achieve proficiency in speaking, in listening comprehension, and in reading and writing in English.
- Provide ELLs the necessary language skills to function comparably to their native English-speaking peers in academic and social situations.
- Provide support for ELLs of all levels to be successful in all aspects of school.
- Offer a high-quality education that values and promotes students’ sense of pride in their home languages and native cultures.
- Encourage all students and families in the District to respect and appreciate countries and cultures different from their own.
- Involve all Algoma School District educators, students’ families, and community members in the education of our ELL students.
Detailed Program Description
The Algoma School District English as a Second Language Program is committed to ensuring that all of our students receive the best education possible. The program supports learners in developing English language needed to succeed in school and beyond. Language instruction is delivered by a licensed ELL teacher. Instruction is delivered in English and targets the development of both language and academic content.
Our K-12 ELL instructional model emphasizes learning language through content. The ELL teacher helps students build a foundation of content knowledge, academic problem-solving skills, and language proficiency. Our program is designed to help limited English-proficient students improve their English speaking, reading, writing, and listening and empower them to become self-sufficient in a general education classroom. Classroom teachers are also given support to better help the needs of our ELL students.