The Waukee Community School District, in accordance with Title III, uses a variety of instructional models designed to develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and structure of the English language. ESL teaching staff works closely with classroom teachers to meet the learning needs of English Language Learners (ELL). The ESL program goals are to provide support and guidance to ELLs: 1) To develop socially and culturally appropriate communication skills, 2) To develop academic language for success in content areas, 3) To take pride in their cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

  • Co-Teaching Teaching: ESL staff plan and teach with classroom or content area teachers. Instruction integrates ESL and content area standards as well as ESL strategies.
  • Pull-Out: ELLs accompany ESL staff to another classroom for a portion of the day, away from the mainstream English-only classroom to receive intensive ESL Standards-based instruction.
  • Push-In: ESL staff member accompanies and assists the ELL with class work in the grade level or content area classroom.
  • Consultation: ESL teachers meet with classroom or content area teachers to provide professional development related to instructional strategies for ELLs and/or to help in planning for integrating ESL strategies into classroom/content instruction.
  • ESL Resource: ESL staff re- and pre-teach subject area content and provide assistance with assignments, assessments, and homework.

All English language learners have opportunities for full participation in special opportunity programs (i.e. Extended Learning Program, advanced classes, reading lab,
Special Education, etc.)

Our goals are to:

  1. To develop socially and culturally appropriate communication skills.
  2. To develop academic language for success in the content areas.
  3. o take pride in their cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Stages of ESL Programming:

  • Determination of student eligibility
  • The student is actively served in ESL Program
  • The student enters transition period for up to two years during which time their academic progress is monitored by the ESL teacher but they are no longer actively receiving ESL instruction
  • The student formally exited from WCSD ESL Program and moves entirely into mainstream general education classes. (Note that each exited student is still monitored by the Department of Education for two years after exiting the WCSD ESL Program)