English Learners (EL)

Sunset Ridge School District's student population includes many students with linguistically diverse backgrounds, with over 30 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. The EL program employs one certified EL teacher between both schools and one teaching assistant.

Each Winter, English Learners (EL) in grades kindergarten through eighth grade participate in the administration of the ACCESS for ELLs® language proficiency test. ACCESS provides a standardized measurement of academic language proficiency for EL students throughout the state of Illinois and in other states. Students who qualify for supplemental support receive additional instruction, either in class or outside of class, individually or in small groups to target the identified areas of need in English language development.

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