English Learners

Teacher Residency Programs


English Learner Program Descriptions for Secondary (6 - 12)

EL Service Model


Appropriate Level

Secondary ESL Classes

Middle school and High School classes are an extended part of the English learner general education curriculum. ELA standards are referenced along with varying academic subjects to increase reading, writing, listening, and speaking development.

All levels of EL

High School ELD (English Learner Development) Class

The high school ELD class is used for EL students in place of an English course or an elective.. EL students will receive an English credit. Ninth and Tenth grade ELA standards guide the language development process in these classes. An EL student may earn up to two English credits with ELD. After two English credits, English learner classes will earn an Elective Credit.

Students with a WIDA Screener or ACCESS Score of 1.0-3.5.


Co-teaching occurs when two teachers work together to build content subject understanding while building language development among English learners.  One teacher is the general education teacher while one teacher is the English learner teacher.  While both teachers focus on high impactful teacher strategies, the English learner teacher uses engaging language learner strategies to enhance language skill development.

Most appropriate are in the Developing, Expanding or Bridging levels.

Flexible Services

Students who qualify may see the EL teacher to work on language skill needs determined by the annual English language assessment (ACCESS).

Students must have a 3.5 overall ACCESS composite, a 3.5 in reading, a 3.5 in writing, and either a 3.5 in speaking or listening to qualify for this service.