English for Speakers of Other Languages/High Intensity Language Training
The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)/High Intensity Language Training (HILT) program provides instructional support for identified students in kindergarten to grade five. Students are assessed and placed yearly at one of five levels based on their English language proficiency. HILT provides English language development/language arts instruction for students at beginning and intermediate levels. ESOL supports students at advanced levels of English language proficiency. Students at level five are at the highest level of English language proficiency and have exited from direct ESOL/HILT services.
Students are assessed by the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs) language proficiency test as well as by local assessments. Students must meet specific criteria in the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing to be identified as HILT, pass to ESOL, or exit from direct services.
The Native Language Support (NLS) program is offered at the primary grades in four elementary schools: Barcroft, Barrett, Carlin Springs, and Hoffman-Boston. To accelerate content instruction in social studies and/or science, students receive First Language Support in Spanish for a maximum of two hours each day. Instruction incorporates grade-level curriculum. For the remainder of the day, students receive instruction in English. The NLS program provides content instruction in Spanish at a more advanced proficiency level for Spanish-speaking students at schools with the Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) program. Students must have parents’ permission to participate in the NLS program. (See The Spanish Foreign Language Elementary School Program, page 14).