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English Language Learners (ELL)


Sunset Ridge School District's student population includes many students with linguistically diverse backgrounds, with over 25 languages represented. The District's English Learners (EL) program provides supplemental support to students who are non-native speakers of English.

Students for whom another language is identified on the Home Language Survey take a screener to assess their level of English proficiency and determine eligibility for English Language Learner (ELL) services. The purpose of this program is to develop and/or improve students' English skills in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing so they may participate more fully in the academic, social and cultural activities of our school, community, and nation. During this process, our staff is especially sensitive to and understanding of the student's native language and culture.

The ELL students are "English immersed" in all classrooms. This program is distinct from a bilingual one where subject matter is taught (at least in part) in the student's first language until the student's English is adequate for participation in a regular all-English classroom.