ESL Program

The ESL Program at Central Columbia School District is designed for those students who qualify for support with American English language skills along with acculturation skills when necessary.  Students are identified via the Home Language Survey and are then screened with PDE's mandated WIDA Aptitute Placement Test (W-APT) to determine if ESL service are needed.  Those who are in the ESL Program also are assessed annually with WIDA ACCESS for ELLS, the PED-required test of English language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  When in the program, students are seen by the district ESL Specialist either in their classrooms or are pulled out to work with the ESL Specialist at an appropriate time within the school day.  How often and how long students are seen is determined by proficiency level and students' classroom schedules.  The ESL Specialist also works closely with teachers and many others across the district to help provide a positvie and comfortable schooling environment for ESL students.

CCSD ESL Program Overview