Pierce Schools are enriched by the growing diversity of our students. Students
are enrolled from many countries worldwide. Spanish, Russian, Korean,
Moldavian, Tagalog, Arabic, Cambodian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Khmer, Vietnamese
and Hindi are some of the languages spoken in our district.
goal is to support the academic progress of the English Language Learner throughout the educational process. The
primary focus is to be able to use English to achieve academically in all
content areas. We strive to ensure the student will graduate with the
qualifications and ability to choose the many options available to become
successful in our communities.
work together with agencies to support both the students and families. Amongst
these efforts are Adult ESL classes, offered on-site in conjunction with Pierce
College and a partnership with LEAP(Latino /a Educational Achievement Project)
at the secondary level .
*All staff throughout
the district are highly trained and dedicated to ensuring ELL qualified
students gain English proficiency. ELL
programs are housed at each of our elementary and secondary schools.
integrated and aligned with general education programs. Language instruction is content-based. Sheltered and content-based models of
instruction are researched based. Students
acquire language by utilizing the academic content as the vehicle for
developing language, content, cognitive
and study skills. Instruction is guided by the English Language Development Standards
in alignment with the state standards.