English Language Learner (ELL) ProgramThe English Language Learner program provides a continuum of services to individuals who are learning English as a second language. At each building we have a certificated intervention teacher designated as the ELL Coordinator.
WELPA (Washington Language Proficiency Assessment) & ELPA21 (English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century)
WELPA Placement test determines student eligibility for English language development services. The ELPA21 annually assesses growth in English language development by the state's English Language Learners (ELL). This assessment tests reading, writing, listening and speaking knowledge and skills.The Placement test is used to determine initial student eligibility for English Language Learners services. The Placement test is given to all students whose families answer "a language other than English" to question #2 or to question #3 on the Home Language Survey.The Annual test is given to all students who qualified for ELL services with a Placement test. It measures students' growth in English language knowledge and skills. Results from this test determine which students are a eligible to continue to receive ELL services.The 2016 testing window for the Annual test date is to be determined. Please check this link for further information about the annual test. Letter to parents.
On-Call Interpreters NeededIf you speak a second language fluently and you are interested in interpreting for students and/or their families in the Bremerton School District, please contact us at 360-473-1077 or 360-473-1012.
ELL Class and Curriculum
Bremerton High School offers an English Language Acquisition class during the second period of the day. The class is held in the Drawbridge program and is taught by Kelly Welsh. Students will be placed in "Keys to Learning: Skills and Strategies for Newcomers" or "Shining Star Level 1" curriculum depending on their English language abilities.
Students in grades 6 - 9 will also have access to support classes in reading and math and to ELL curriculum taught by the building ELL coordinator and intervention teachers or a bilingual para-educator.Parents of children pre-kindergarten - 1st grade Winter Activities: Activities on alphabet and sound activities, naming letters, initial sound activities and rhyming activities to work on with their children. More alphabetic activities can be created or found at enchantedlearning.com.