Welcome to Algonkian Elementary's English Learners (EL) website. In this website you will find information about the EL program at Algonkian, as well as the district eligibility and program guidelines.
If you have any questions or concerns about the EL program at Algonkian Elementary, please call Ms. Rice at Algonkian Elementary, (571)434-3240, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LCPS EL Guidelines
Eligibility for the EL program is based on information on the initial school registration form. Any indication that English is a second language for the student, requires that the student be tested for English language fluency. A standardized test, the WIDA Access Placement Test, is then given to determine the level of English language proficiency. If a student is eligible to receive EL services, an appropriate program of instruction will be designed for him/her. This may include direct language instruction in the EL classroom and/or support from the EL staff in the regular classroom.
Student progress is evaluated in the spring of every year using the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs test.
Students receive EL support until they are able to demonstrate a level of English proficiency that allows them to work successfully in the regular classroom. It is important to note that while verbal proficiency may be rapidly acquired, proficiency in academic subjects may take seven to ten years.
EL Program Completion
Students are moved out of the EL program when they have achieved a high degree of fluency and accuracy when speaking, are able to read and comprehend a wide range of texts, and are approaching fluency in writing in the content areas with minimal errors.