Westfield Washington Schools is proud to offer a program to service our students whose native language is not English. Services vary from specifically designed classes for English language instruction to additional support provided within the regular classroom setting. Students not needing this level of support remain in a general education environment, and their progress is monitored through communication between their general education teachers and the district's English as a Second Language teachers.
Currently, ESL programs are offered at the high school, middle school, and intermediate school buildings. Elementary ESL instruction is provided at only Carey Ridge and Washington Woods. Students whose "home schools" are Maple Glen, Monon Trail, Oak Trace, and Shamrock Springs are provided bus transportation from the home school to their assigned school for ESL instruction.
Student placement within the ESL program is based on the results from the LAS Links Assessment, which is a language proficiency test adopted by the state of Indiana, as required by the No Child Left Behind Act. Students are evaluated on their English abilities in the areas of speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Students are then assigned a Language Proficiency Level, based on the results of the test. The Language Proficiency Levels are as follows:
Parents will receive notification whether or not their child qualifies for the ESL program and their child's Language Proficiency Level within the first month of the new school year, or within two weeks of their child's enrollment date (when a child enrolls mid-year).
Parents have the right to deny ESL services; however, WIDA testing is required by the state of Indiana each school year until the child's language proficiency level reaches Level 5 for two consecutive years.
Contact: Chase Stinson, Student Services Director