English Language Learners

Franklin 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.

Our overall 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.

Our programs work together with agencies to support both the students and families. Amongst these efforts are Adult ESL classes, offered 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.

*Services are 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. Pull out is also used for the Newcomer and lower levels concentrating on English Language Development.  Instruction is guided by the English Language Proficiency Standards in alignment with the Washington State Learning Standards. 

ELL Service Plan Elementary

ELL Service Plan Secondary

ELL Resources

Eligibility Process

  1. Each parent who enrolls his/her child in school completes a home language survey to indicate if the student’s primary language is not English.
  2. Every student whose primary language is not English is assessed with the language proficiency test which includes listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  3. Students scoring at Levels 1 through 3 are eligible for services.
  4. Parents are sent a notification letter informing them of services.
  5. Parents may approve or waive services.
  6. In-state transfers are checked in the state database for current status.
  7. Students that qualify for ELL services take an annual assessment of English skills. They continue to qualify for services until they reach a high (grade level) of English proficiency. The length of time to gain proficiency is unique to each child.

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards

The ELP standards focus on critical language, knowledge about language, and language skills present in the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards. These skills are essential for English language learners (ELLs) as they work towards academic success. Look for correspondences to the practices and standards identified in the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards.


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Family Resources