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English Language Learners (ELL)

English as a Second Language

Pennsylvania currently has approximately 61,000 English Language Learners (ELLs) who speak over 200 different languages. Every Local Education Agency is responsible for the education of pupils whose primary language is not English and who are ELs (LEA). Section 4.26 of Title 22, Chapter 4 of the Curriculum Regulations requires the LEA to establish a program for every English learner student (EL). 

The purpose of language instruction educational programs (LIEPs) is to assist students whose native or first language is not English in acquiring English competence and academic success. Without instruction in social and academic English and proper support for understanding academic material, these students risk missing educational opportunities available to non-EL students.

Identification and Assessment

When registering a student for school, parents or guardians must complete a document called the Home Language Survey. This form requires the parent or guardian to respond to a number of questions on the primary language spoken at home. If the student's primary language is not English, the school district coordinator notifies the district ESL teacher. The district ESL teacher will interview the student's parent or guardian and, if necessary, conduct a screening process. If testing is required, the district ESL instructor will assess the student utilizing the WIDA Online Screener. Students are evaluated on their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. This exam informs the teacher of the student's English language competency level, which facilitates daily ESL lesson planning. When necessary, interpreters can be utilized to speak with students and/or parents/guardians.


Recent News

Calendar Reminder

As a reminder, there is NO SCHOOL on Friday, May 26 and NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 29.

As we close out our current school year, we also remind you of the following:

Community-Based Reform Initiatives

Dr. Nancy Hines, Superintendent, addresses the board about community-based reform efforts being undertaken by the District in collaboration with community-based agencies and groups.

Class of 2023 Commencement

Commencement exercises for the Class of 2023 will be held on June 9, 2023 at 6:30 PM at Yuhas-McGinley Stadium. Beginning at 6:15 p.m., the event will be broadcast live on 


Athletics and Activities Presentation

Stephanie Strauss, the district athletic director, gave a presentation to the board of directors about Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL), college recruitment, and public relations during the regular voting meeting in April.

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