Bilingual Education

Students who indicate that their first language is not English when registering with Arlington Public Schools are given the ELPA21 Screener, a placement exam, to determine eligibility for the ELL (English Language Learner) program. This placement test must be given within 10 days of the student's entry into the school district. During the 2020-21 school year, due to COVID-19, we will screen students within thirty (30) days from the time the student is receiving instruction in-person instruction on campus.

Each spring, all students qualified as English Language Learners in the school district must take the ELPA21 assessment to measure progress in English language proficiency and to determine further eligibility.

The district bilingual services include:

K-12 Sheltered Instruction - The Sheltered Instruction model integrates language and content instruction with the goal of providing access to grade-level content and English language proficiency.

K-12 Newcomer Program - The Newcomer Program addresses the needs of recent immigrant students with limited or interrupted schooling in their home countries. Major goals of newcomer programs are to acquire beginning English language skills along with core academic skills and to acculturate to the U.S. school system.

Karl Olson
Director of Categorical Programs
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Heather Brown
Administrative Assistant for Teaching & Learning
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