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English Language Learners

Our program serves high school students who have recently arrived to the United States and are new to the English language. Our program also serves students that speak a second language and have qualified for our ELL program. We provide a full schedule for all students, regardless of language background or when they enter the program. Students are placed in one of four levels based on their English proficiency.
Our comprehensive English language program focuses on English language learning and literacy development in reading, writing, speaking, and listening with the goal to continue the students’ education and contribute to the social, economic, and political life of the United States. The curriculum focuses around WIDA, College Readiness, and Common Core State Standards. There is also a heavy focus on helping students integrate successfully into the academic and social life of the school.

To ensure that students gain the skills to be academically proficient in English in all language domains (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and to ensure equal access to core content and understanding of the mainstream culture in an inclusive school community.

To provide English Language Learners high-quality instruction that leads to proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and understanding English through English Language Development Classes in order to achieve academic success in an all English curriculum.

To provide English Language Learners instruction that leads to the mastery of the Illinois and Common Core State Standards in the areas of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies through Sheltered Instruction.

To provide English Language Learners an educational environment that will enable students to maintain confidence and a positive identity with their cultural heritage and first language. This can be through one of the district’s language immersion programs, multicultural education professional development, clubs and/or school events.

To provide parents of English Language Learners the opportunity to participate and support their child’s educational experience and the opportunity to shape the district’s English Language Learner program.

To analyze student achievement annually and determine needed resources to ensure that English Language Learners are effectively served in ELD and in their core content courses.

If you are looking for free Adult ESL / GED classes, please contact:
Prairie State College: (708) 709-3790 or visit

Contact Information

ELL Resource Teacher-East
(708) 679-7606
ELL Teacher-South
(708) 679-3062
ELL Teacher-Central and East
(708) 679-5774
ELL Instructional Assistant 
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