English Language Learner Support Services
The Clarkston School District serves students whose ethnic heritage stretches from many different countries across the globe. The Clarkston School District, with the involvement of parents, educators, and community, is committed to addressing the unique needs of students from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds and to help them achieve the high content and performance standards expected of all students in Washington State. The Clarkston School District participates in the Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program to provide additional language support services to our students. The program helps English Language Learners (ELLs) to become proficient in English and to meet state learning standards.
Student Eligibility and Placement
- Eligibility begins with the administration of a Home Language Survey to determine if a language other than English is spoken by the child at home and if the child first spoke a language other than English.
- If the child speaks a language other than English, the student’s English language ability is measured with the Washington Language Proficiency Test within the student’s first 10 days of attendance.
- Students scoring at the Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Level are eligible for TBIP services. Students who score at the Transitional Level are not eligible.
- Under federal guidelines, parents must be informed of student placement in a language program within 30 days of placement.
Students identified as needing additional language support services in our district in grades K-6 are enrolled in our ELL Program located at Highland Elementary School. Students will attend Highland full time instead of their neighborhood elementary school. A full time English as a Second Language Certified teacher and Highly Qualified Para educator staff the program to support our students there. ELL students attend all of the general education classes and activities, but receive significant language support from the ELL staff.
Students identified as needing additional language support services in our district in grades 7-12 are served at their home campus. ELL staff visit the campus based on a schedule set to meet the language needs of each student based on a variety of assessments. Students participate in all general education courses and activities and are met with for short periods of time in a one on one or small group setting for language development support. In addition, staff will work with the general education teachers to ensure appropriate classroom accommodations are made to improve student success.
Jim Fry, Executive Director for Teaching & Learning
Sherry Bergman, ELL Certified Teacher