Services for English Language Learners

  • Philosophy

    The primary priority for English language learners is to improve English language acquisition and thus academic performance through a system of support from preschool through grade 12 while honoring their own heritage language(s). Our ultimate success will be measured by all of our ELL students graduating from Vashon Island High School college and career ready with a Seal of Biliteracy as well.

    The Vashon Island School District uses Washington State English Proficiency Standards (ELPS) to provide learning targets for teachers as they assist students in learning English. Approximately 75 students receive English language development services in our district, representing several different cultures and language groups.

    Our district uses a Supportive Mainstream Model. Students are in mainstream English speaking classrooms most of the day. Teachers provide supplemental language inside and/or outside of the classroom and within literacy intervention and homework support programs. Supplemental English instruction is conducted using specific language acquisition strategies and models, including Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) and Guided Language Acquisition Protocol (GLAD). Additionally, each school building is assigned a designated teacher to provide individualized and group services, advocate for students and work with classroom teachers to facilitate improved learning. The type and frequency of support depends upon each student's individual needs.

  • How are students identified for English language development services?

  • How do students continue to receive English language development services?

  • Personalized Education Plans

  • Interpretation and Translation Services

  • Resources

  • Test Refusal

  • Waiver for English language development services