English language learners

Overview

The English Learner program is for students whose primary language is a language other than English and have scored Emerging or Progressing on the state English Language Proficiency Assessment. All students whose primary language is one other than English are tested on their proficiency in English to determine eligibility for services in the ELL program. The VPS ELL program serves over 3000 students who speak nearly 100 different languages.

Services

A variety of EL services are provided at students’ neighborhood schools. District-wide Interpretation and translation services support parent involvement in schools. Nine district interpreters/translators—six Spanish speakers, two Russian speakers and two Chuukese speaker—are available to assist families with school-related issues.

Students in class at Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School.Elementary

Our elementary literacy curriculum incorporates Common Core State Standards for English language arts, the state English Language Proficiency Standards and research-based strategies for academic oral language. The goal is to build skills in the areas of English academic vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing. Through explicitly scaffolded lessons, instructors teach specific content and language objectives, providing ELs with the fundamental academic skills they need to support their English literacy development and build a base for classroom instruction in all content areas.

Secondary

Students at Fort Vancouver High SchoolSecondary EL services are provided at all schools through the sheltered or supportive mainstream instruction model, which integrates English language and grade-level content instruction specific to meeting the English language proficiency needs of our secondary students. McLoughlin Middle School and Fort Vancouver High School also offer programs that include intensive English language development for newcomers and recent arrivals. Some secondary schools offer academic language development classes for long-term English learners.

Contact

Special services
360-313-1250

Meet our interpreters and translators

Our specialists are at the heart of VPS.

Victoria
Bernal

Spanish bilingual family liaison

Stephanie Ongtooguk

Spanish bilingual family liaison

Elisa
Iraheta

Spanish bilingual family liaison

Ogla
Avarado

Spanish bilingual family liaison

Sophia
Avila

Spanish bilingual family liaison

Ligia
Braun

Spanish bilingual family liaison

Ekaterina
Walla

Russian bilingual family liaison

Viktoria Krasovskaya

Russian bilingual family liaison

Juanita
Yasu

Chuukese bilingual family liaison

Shermick
Rieuo

Chuukese bilingual family liaison

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