The Rich Township High School District 227 English Learners program serves high school students who may require supports to strengthen their language proficiency. 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.
This 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.
Our goals are:
- To provide English 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 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 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 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 Learners are effectively served in ELD and in their core content courses.
The program strives 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.
College Resources for Undocumented Students / Recursos Universitarios para Estudiantes Indocumentados
Rise Act enables undocumented students in Illinois who meet certain requirements to qualify for the MAP grant (up to $5,340 per year) to use at approximately 140 colleges/universities in Illinois. Students will be able to apply for this as of January 1, 2020, to use for the next academic year (2020-2021).
College Greenlight site includes scholarships for undocumented students. The student just has to create a profile to see what scholarships match their profile. The more detailed the profile, the better the matching process of scholarships on the student’s dashboard.
College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students has details regarding admission policies, financial aid and scholarship opportunities at colleges and universities throughout the nation, including who to contact on the respective college if a student has questions.
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights has information in various languages about the rights of undocumented individuals, what to do if they encounter ICE, and a list of qualified immigration attorneys and nonprofits that offer legal advice at low costs. It’s important that students get immigration advice from qualified individuals.
Tax preparation via LadderUp. It’s important that parents who are undocumented file their tax returns if they are working so their students can fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) properly (for students born in the U.S.) or the RISE Act Application for MAP (for students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents). They help families get an ITIN (individual taxpayer identification number) for those parents who do not have a Social Security number and help low-income families file a tax return for free.
Illinois State Board of Education - Multilingual Services
The Multilingual Department provides leadership, advocacy and support to districts, parents and policy makers by promoting equitable access to language support services for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have been identified as English Learners.
Resources for families of English Learners
Colorín Colorado - A bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners.
If you are looking for free Adult ESL / GED classes, please contact:
Prairie State College: (708) 709-3790 or visit www.prairiestate.edu/adulted