Description and English Language Program Goals
The Clayton English Language Program (ELP) is designed for non-native English speaking students who demonstrate the need for English language instruction. The program provides language instruction and educational experiences that:
•teach the skills required for English language learners (ELLs) to achieve an advanced level of academic English language proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing
• help EL Learners meet the academic achievement standards expected of all students
• support the successful acculturation of students and families
• promote parent engagement in the child’s learning and in the schools
To determine a student’s eligibility for services, the Clayton School District ELP considers the Home Language Survey, student/parent interviews, parent/ teacher/ counselor recommendations, previous school records and transcripts, and the WAP-T, a standardized English proficiency test.
The English Language Curriculum and Instructional Program
Is based on best practices in teaching and learning, individual student needs, the Missouri English Language Learning Standards and “Show Me” Standards, and Clayton School District curricula. The ELP provides parent and families social and educational programs as part of the International Family Program, including holiday celebrations, parent education and support programs, and volunteer opportunities. We focus on facilitating adjustment to and participation in a new city and culture. The International Family Program events are a great opportunity to meet more parents and children and to learn about American culture.
Look for an invitation to the International Coffee held once a month in conjunction with Glenridge and Captain.
How will I know when my child is ready to stop receiving ELL services?
Students are exited from the ELL program when they are performing at grade-level and have achieved proficient standards in speaking, listening, reading, and writing as determined by:
• Standardized Tests
• Writing Samples
• Achievement of District EL Standards
• Oral Presentations
• Parent Recommendations
• Portfolio Work
• Teacher Recommendations