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English Language Learners

                      The ELL Department exists to empower English
Learners toward academic and social success

The ELL Department areas of focus are:

  • Ensuring that all ELs are appropriately identified and have access to relevant and rigorous resources and instruction to develop their social and academic English language skills.
  • Providing quality professional development on sheltered instruction and language acquisition to equip educators with effective skills and strategies for instructing ELs.
  • Supporting schools in engaging and communicating with EL families.


English Language Learner – ELL (Title III – federal), Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program - TBIP (state), Spanish Dual Immersion Program, Newcomer Program (ELEM) (MS)

The state TBIP and federal ELL grants address the unique needs of eligible students, who come from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds.  Both programs share the same goal:  develop language proficiency that enables meaningful access to grade level curricula and instruction.

The mission of the ELL Department is for English Language Learners to meet state standards and develop language proficiency in an environment where language and cultural assets are recognized as valuable resources to learning.  We work toward this goal through a variety of the state recommended ELL support models.

Elementary ELL students have classroom teachers and ELL paraeducators, many of whom are bilingual, who are trained to provide sheltered instruction through strategies.  In-class language support aligns with grade level content and includes listening, speaking, reading, and writing.


Secondary ELL students receive "Content-Based/Sheltered instruction."  At the middle schools, English Language Development (ELD) classes are provided with daily ELD instruction by ELL endorsed, certificated teachers.  At the high schools, ELL endorsed, certificated teachers provide leveled English classes.  At both middle and high school, additional support is provided by ELL paraeducators, many of whom are bilingual, in mainstream core classes.

The state TBIP also promotes a two-language system of instruction.
     - Students learn language concepts and knowledge in their primary language at the same time they receive instruction in English
     - Teachers build on growing language skills through the interplay of two languages

The Spanish Dual Immersion Program is based upon research  showing that students are  not  only capable of learning in two languages at once, but actually excel under these  conditions.  In Evergreen Public Schools, we have adopted a 90/10 Two Way Immersion  language model of  instruction.  We have Spanish Immersion programs at Pioneer  Elementary and Marrion Elementary.  Please visit our district's Spanish Dual  Immersion web page for more information  and check us out on Facebook.  

The purpose of the Newcomer Program is to assist non-English speaking immigrant students as they adjust to school and culture in the USA and to provide a smooth transition into their neighborhood schools.  Newcomer referrals are generated through the home school where the student is first enrolled.  Enrollment in a Newcomer Program requires parent approval.  There are currently two Newcomer classrooms at Fircrest Elementary and two classrooms at Covington Middle School.  Students will transition back to their home schools when each student's progress is sufficient to be in a regular classroom or after the student has completed one school year in the Newcomer Program.



Dr. Catherine Carrison

Manager ELL


ELL Department Contacts


Spanish Dual Immersion Program 

Spanish Dual Immersion Parent Information

Newcomer Program: ElemMS


Home Language Survey Forms:




Other Languages

Information for Parents and the schools that communicate with them:

Cambodian, Chinese, English, Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese


ELL and Native American students who qualify will take the ELPA21 (English Language Proficiency Assessment).  The testing window is from February 2nd through March 30th.  See brochure: Chinese, English, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese

Parent’s Rights regarding Interpretation and Translation Services:
All parents have the right to information about their child's education in a language they understand:





 Schools' Civil Rights Obligations to English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents: 
The obligation not to discriminate based on race, color, or national origin requires public schools to take affirmative steps to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students, now more commonly known as English Learner (EL) students or English Language Learners (ELLS), can meaningfully participate in educational services, and to communicate information to LEP parents in a language they can understand.  Fact Sheet, Ensuring English Learner Students Can Participate Meaningfully and Equally in Educational Services: EnglishCambodianChineseHmongKoreanLaotianRussianSpanishTagalogVietnamese    








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