The WCSD provides English Language Learner (ELL) services to all students who are eligible and whose parents have approved of their program placement.
Elementary ELL Program:
Elementary ELL services consist of up to 45 minutes daily of direct language development instruction delivered by a teacher with the ESL endorsement as defined by the Iowa Department of Education Bureau of Licensure. Additional time may be provided by a teacher, a native language interpreter / paraprofessional directed by a teacher, or by a parent volunteer directed by a teacher, depending on the needs of the child. Elementary ELL students use the Rigby On Our Way to English oral language program, which may be supplemented by the OWE phonics and/or guided reading program as needed. Ancillary materials may be used as appropriate to enhance language acquisition. Classroom teachers may find the OWE guided reading materials appropriate for classroom use.
Middle School ELL Program:
Middle school ELL services consist of a minimum of one class period daily of English language development services. Additional class periods are provided as determined by the needs of the individual. Students are mainstreamed into content classrooms as they are able to be successful. Native language interpreters / paraprofessionals are available to assist in content classrooms as needed. Newly enrolling students who have no English proficiency may attend sheltered classrooms for science, social studies, math, and skills.
High School ELL Program:
ELL services consist of three levels of ELL English, an ELL Vocabulary class, and sheltered content classes. Content specialists deliver instruction in all sheltered content classes. ELL students with no measurable proficiency in English are enrolled in at least two class periods daily of direct language instruction. ELL students who are at the intermediate and advanced level receive one class period daily of language instruction. Advanced students may continue to be enrolled in sheltered content classes even after they are no longer enrolled in an ELL English class. Native language interpreters / paraprofessionals are available to assist students in content classrooms as needed.