TOGETHER, WE ARE BETHEL!
TOGETHER, WE ARE BETHEL!

English Language Learners

  • Vision/Mission

    It is the mission of Bethel’s ELL Program to advance the language development of English Language Learners through rigor, engagement, and collaboration to ensure that all of our students are competent, confident and college/career ready.

    Over 460 students representing 22 different languages and cultures receive ELL services in the Bethel School District. The most common languages are Spanish, Russian and Samoan.

    The English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPs) provide teachers with learning targets for these students who are learning English language literacy skills along with their grade level content knowledge and skills.

    Who Qualifies?

    The Washington State Home Language Survey (a part of Bethel’s enrollment packet) helps identify students who might benefit from ELL services. The Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA) Placement Test is then used to determine eligibility for services. Students remain eligible for services until they score a Level 5 on the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) – which is given annually in February/March.

     

    CONTACT US

    Sonja Hemmerling
    Assistant Director of Special Education
    253.683.6939

    Denise McVey
    ELL TOSA (Professional Development)
    253.683.8901

    Tonya Stevens Chelius
    ELL TOSA (Instruction)

     

Announcements

    • Bethel schools earned the 2014 Washington Achievement Award for English Language Acquisition- Spanaway Middle School, Evergreen Elementary & Rocky Ridge Elementary
    • ELPA - New state ELL Assessment (Feb-March, 2016)
    • Parents or guardians wishing to access ELL services for their child should talk to the office staff at their neighborhood school. They will assist you with the process.
    • Interpreters are available to assist parents/guardians in different languages. Contact your school to request an interpreter for parent-teacher conferences, school meetings or to answer questions about ELL.
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