Parent Guide for English Language Learners

How can I contact the School ?
The Learning Center for the school is located at 4261 N. 5th Street in Philadelphia on the second floor of the Esperanza College building.  The phone number is 215-967-9703.

What is available for students who have limited English proficiency?
Students whose primary or home language is not English will be assessed to determine English Language proficiency and potential placement in an ESL program. The English language proficiency level will determine the amount of time the ESL teacher provides language instruction in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

How is English Language Proficiency Measured?
Pennsylvania uses the WIDA Access Test, which is aligned with English language proficiency standards, to measure progress and/or attainment of the English language.

Are English Language Learners required to take state Assessments?

ELL students in their first year of enrollment in a U.S. school are excused from taking the Reading and Writing PSSA Assessments. Otherwise, all students must participate.

What is required from the state and local school systems?
The school is required to meet Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO). The three targets are:

(AMAO 1) Annual increases in the number or percentage of children making progress toward learning English.

(AMAO 2) Annual increases in the number or percentage of children attaining English proficiency

(AMAO 3) Making adequate yearly progress for limited English proficient children.
What after school tutoring programs are available for students who have limited English proficiency?

Contact your child’s teacher regarding after school support.

What if I am having trouble communicating with the school?
The school has Spanish speaking staff available to non-English speaking families.

Who is the program coordinator?
Zachary Devlin

How can families become involved in their child’s education?
Attend open house night
Attend parent/teacher conferences
Attend parent/student workshops
Contact the teacher with questions or concerns
Check for notices sent home
Ask children about their day
Help with homework