All multilingual learner programs include English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction for students identified as English learners. ESL instruction develops students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English.
Sheltered English Immersion (SEI)
Students: PreK-12 students
Goals: Academic achievement. Proficiency in English.
Instruction: All instruction and materials are in English. Instruction is designed so that ELs can access grade-level content and develop English proficiency. In most SEI classes, ELs learn alongside non-ELs.
- All WPS schools
Dual Language Education (DL)
Two-way dual language integrates English Learners (ELs), former ELs and non-ELs who speak different home languages. One-way dual language integrates ELs, former ELs, and non-ELs who speak Spanish as a home language.
Students: PreK-10 students who speak Spanish, English, and/or other languages
Goals: Academic achievement. Bilingualism and biliteracy in English and Spanish. Cross-cultural competency.
Instruction: Instruction and materials in English and Spanish. Instruction is designed so students can access grade-level content and develop English and Spanish proficiency. Students make connections between languages and develop cross-cultural competency.
- One-Way DL
- Woodland Academy
- Two-Way DL
- Chandler Magnet (PreK-6) Elementary School
- Burncoat Middle School (7-8)
- Burncoat High School (9-12)
Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE)
Students: K-6 students at English proficiency levels 1-2
Goals: Academic achievement. Enough proficiency in English to transition to SEI.
Instruction: Instruction and materials are in English and Spanish. Students learn most grade-level content in Spanish while they are developing English proficiency. Gradually students learn more content in English. Once students attain sufficient English proficiency, they transition to SEI.
- Chandler Magnet Elementary School
SEI for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)
Students: Students ages 8-21 with limited and/or interrupted schooling English proficiency levels 1-2
Goals: Academic achievement. Acceleration of English proficiency.
Instruction: Students learn content through specially designed instruction including experiential learning opportunities and individualized English language development. Once students attain sufficient English proficiency, they transition to mainstream SEI.
- New Citizens’ Centers for SLIFE
- Clark Street Elementary School (ages 8-11)
- Dr. James Caradonio Center (ages 12-17)
- Gerald Creamer Center (ages 18-21)