The Blaine School District is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to every student. The English Language Learners (ELL) Program is designed to accelerate English acquisition for students whose first language is not English and to further assist them in becoming successful learners in the regular classroom.

Program efforts are focused on students:

  • Sheltered instruction

  • Acquisition of Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) or survival English, for English Language Learners.

  • Development of Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP).

  • Program efforts are focused on the community by:

  • Collaborating with the school to increase the sensitivity of school staff to the unique educational needs of English Language Learner (ELL) students and their families.

  • Facilitating opportunities for parents of ELL Students to develop home-school partnerships and to participate in school activities.