English as a Second Language (ESL)

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About Lakota's ESL Program

Our purpose is to provide tiers of support to all English Language Learners (ELLs), or Limited English Proficient (LEP) students, through best instructional practices, research-based interventions, and collaborative problem solving with parents, administrators, and teachers.

We have three goals to help ensure that our students receive the best possible ESL service at Lakota:

  1. Implement systems to monitor and evaluate compliance with Title III requirements. View our brochure (opens in a new window)  to learn about supports for Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. Click here for brochure in Spanish (opens in a new window) .
  2. Provide tiers of support to all English Language Learners.
  3. Provide opportunities to engage families of English Language Learners.

History of English Language Learners in the District

Since 2010, Lakota has experienced significant growth in this population of students. Today, there are more than 900 English language learners in grades K-12 in Lakota representing over 40 different languages.  The top three language groups are Spanish, Vietnamese, and Arabic. In Lakota, we celebrate the cultural diversity that makes this district unique and gives our children the opportunity to become global thinkers and producers. 

Definition of English Language Learners or Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students

A child who is Limited English Proficient (LEP) is between the ages of 3 and 21; is enrolled in an elementary or secondary school; has a native/home language other than English, whether born in the U.S. or another country; and has such difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding English that the student may be unable to perform well enough in class or on state tests to meet expected state standards for achievement (Source: ODE Proficiency Rules).

Contact Information

Kim Melzer
Director of Federal Programs