Limited English Proficiency Programs (LEP)
Blaine County currently has a 25% Hispanic population, and if
the current growth trend continues, that number may increase to 50%
by the year 2017. This means the School District has to
help more children who have limited or no proficiency with
the English language. We provide a variety of programs to
serve these children, including our English as a Second Language
(ESL) program and our
Dual Immersion Bilingual Education Program.
Our vision is for a School District free of bias
where all children are learning every day at comparable rates,
regardless of ethnic or language background.
Our mission is to create a School District where
all languages and cultures are respected, where students have
the same opportunities for academic growth regardless of their
native language, and where academic achievement is not
predetermined by language background.
- To promote respect for cultural and linguistic diversity.
- To have all entering students literate by the end of third grade.
- To develop literacy skills of students entering beyond kindergarten within
three years of school entry.
- To reduce the academic achievement gap between English-speaking and non-English-speaking students.
- To increase parental participation in their children's education.
- To increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates for second language learners.
- To provide leadership opportunities and advanced placement opportunities for linguistically
and culturally diverse students.
- To provide professional development related to the needs of second language learners.
- To advocate for the needs of second language learners.
District provides content-based ESL for
other elementary second language learners who are not selected
for the bilingual program. This program uses content-based
curriculum designed to teach LEP students skills which include listening, speaking, reading, and writing,
and may also include study skills, content-based vocabulary, and
native language support. In the early grades, emphasis is on
literacy development. These programs provide a combination of
pullout and in-class support.
At the secondary level, the District uses
structured English immersion. The goal is for LEP students to
succeed in an English-only environment. Instruction is primarily
in English, with the use of native language support for
newcomers. Native language literacy development is provided for
students who require it. Bilingual assistance is also provided
for mainstream content classes.
At the high school level, sheltered content classes
are provided on a rotating basis for some required high school
classes. Requirements such as World History, Physical Science
and Math have been included in this rotation.
For more information on these programs, please contact the
Director of Second Language Services at 578-5000.