English Language Learning
Highline students and families bring rich cultural and linguistic resources to our schools. Our goal is to harness this strength by helping every student in Highline graduate bilingual and biliterate.
Valuing languages and cultures…
- Affirms and strengthens students’ identities.
- Builds stronger cognitive and academic skills.
- Supports students to reach higher levels of language proficiency.
- Encourages family and community involvement.
- Develops global citizenship and 21st century skills.
- Provides greater opportunities for multilingual careers.
Teachers use instructional strategies to make grade-level standards and content accessible to all students, regardless of their proficiency.
Teachers review progress and provide targeted instruction to support students’ individual language needs.
Teachers plan and implement structures for frequent peer interaction to develop students’ oral language and literacy skills.
Teachers engage students in intentional opportunities to make connections between English and other languages.
English Language Learners (ELL) services support development of students’ English language skills and ensure access to grade level academic content for all students. Students qualify for ELL services until they reach a high level of English skills, not only in speaking and listening, but also in reading and writing.
Teachers in all classrooms provide English language learning support and integrate students’ home languages and cultures to promote bilingualism and build positive cultural identities.
- How are students identified for ELL services?
- How long do students stay in ELL services?
- Are all ELL-qualified students in an ELL Classroom?
- Do ELL-qualified students receive bilingual support?
- Does Highline have Dual Language programs?
Nearly all Highline schools have bilingual paraeducators that speak Spanish, and a few have support in Vietnamese, Khmer, and Somali. Bilingual paraeducators use students’ first language to help them understand directions and engage in English instruction. Please see ELL Community Partnerships for more information about bilingual support in other languages.