English Language Learners (ESL)
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English Learners receive a broad spectrum of specialized services based on their individual needs. These services include English language development classes, co-taught general education classes such as math, history and science and general education support classes.
Testing and potential placement in the ESL program is based on the Home Language Survey portion of the Clarkston Community Schools District registration form. If the parent of a new enrollee indicates that the student’s native or home language is other than English, the student will be assessed within 10 school days to determine eligibility in the ESL program. The assessment tool will be the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT). Test results assist educators with programmatic placement decisions such as identification and placement of ELs. The W-APT is one component of WIDA's comprehensive assessment system. ACCESS for ELs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English Learners (ELs). It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. Parents will be notified of the student’s eligibility and given the opportunity to accept or refuse ESL assistance.
Continued Eligibility or Exit from the ESL Program
Students are assessed on a yearly basis in all four-skill areas as required by state law. If WIDA testing determines that a student has not reached the appropriate level of proficiency, he or she will remain in the ESL Program. Students who reach the appropriate proficiency level are exited from services, but are monitored for a four-year period to ensure that adequate progress in English and success in the classroom continues.
Clarkston Community Schools is committed to communicating with students and families in their native language wherever possible. This website is equipped with Google Translation Services to translate our entire site into dozens of world languages. Just click the globe icon at the top of any page and select your preferred language.
Interpretation Services Available
Contact Ann Krause or Monserrat Escamilla (see below) if interpretation services are required for school-related meetings.
Special Program Offerings
- Secondary ESL Support in English Language Arts
- Project-Based Learning
- Spanish for Spanish Speakers
- International Student Program at Clarkston High School
- Family Outreach
Secondary ESL Support in English Language Arts
Spanish for Spanish Speakers
International Student Program at Clarkston High School
Resources for Parents
Links to Distance Learning and Online Resources
Ann Krause, ESL Subject Area Coordinator
Emily Grammatico, Clarkston Junior High School ESL & Spanish Teacher
Christina Verkest, Clarkston High School and Secondary Virtual Support ESL Teacher; Sashabaw Middle School Spanish Teacher
Brittney Doyle, Sashabaw Middle School, Andersonville ESL Teacher
Megan Shaffer, North Sashabaw, Pine Knob and Clarkston Elementary Schools ESL Teacher
Pam Haines, Bailey Lake, Independence Elementary, Renaissance and Virtual Support
Heather Post, North Sashabaw Elementary School ESL Aide
Ana Escamilla, Springfield Plains, Bailey Lake and Independence Elementary School ESL Aide
Monserrat Escamilla, ESL Parent Liaison - Elementary
How do you celebrate holidays in your culture?
There are so many different ways to celebrate the winter holidays. With the help of the ESL department along with international students in Clarkston Community Schools, holiday celebrations from around the world are highlighted by interviewing those who celebrate them right in our very own district. Students share about the traditions, food, games and more that they can't wait to celebrate each year around this magical time. Enjoy and share!