Title III – English Second Language / English Language Learner Services
It is the policy of Collegium Charter School to provide all students with equal access to a quality education, including those whose dominant language is not English and who are learning English as a second language. Collegium Charter School will provide assistance through an appropriate planned instructional program to enable limited English proficient (LEP) students to progress academically while they are learning English. The program will incorporate sound research-based education theory, appropriate resources and staffing, and periodic program evaluation.
The purpose of this program is to increase the English language proficiency of eligible students so that they can attain the academic standards set forth by the Board of Trustees and in accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The ESL program shall be designed to provide planned instruction to meet each student’s individual needs based on English language proficiency level as identified through multiple criteria in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Content area support shall be provided while the student is learning English, with a focus on both English Language Proficiency Standards and Academic Standards. ESL curriculum will be aligned with the PA Core Standards. ESL teachers collaborate with general education teachers to monitor progress and collaborate on instructional strategies.
The Home Language Survey (HLS) is completed by every family choosing to enroll their child at Collegium Charter School. For students whose native language is not English and for whom background and/or additional evidence warrants formal assessment of the student’s English proficiency level, Collegium will administer the required proficiency assessment (W-APT) and consider the multiple criteria to determine the need for English as a Second Language Instruction. Parent notification is provided with the W-APT results and placement notification.
For students who qualify, instruction consists of both pullout and push-in supplemental instruction. According to the July 2001 Basic Education Circular, Educating Students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and English Language Learners (ELL) 22 PA Code 4.26, the amount and type of standards-based ESL instruction depends on the level of language development as determined by assessment results. Recommended amounts of daily ESL instruction are as follows:
- Entering (level 1): two hours
- Beginning (level 2): two hours
- Developing (level 3): one to two hours
- Expanding (level 4): one hour
- Bridging (level 5): up to one hour or support dictated by student need
The school team will review the available data and make a recommendation via the student schedule for amount and specific ESL program support(s), in accordance with the LEA guidelines, PA Code, and the Division of Federal Programs (Title III) guidelines.