District English Language (EL) Program Mission Statement

The Aberdeen School District’s EL program strives to help English language learners (ELLs) develop English language proficiency while maintaining academics at grade level.

District English Language Vision

We envision a program that:

  • Will support and enhance the English language learners’ performance and meaningful participation in the regular classroom

  • Will assist all students in achieving grade-level standards

  • Will help students reach English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening

  • Will provide and maintain a learning environment in which students can excel in English while embracing their native culture and language

  • Will integrate other cultures into our educational system and the community

Identification of ELLs

The Aberdeen School District considers many factors in determining proper program placement such as the following factors:

  • Home Language Survey

  • Language testing

  • Previous school placement (academic history)

  • Sibling placement

  • State guidelines for age on entry

  • Family commitment to program

  • Program availability including class size and gender distribution

  • Special needs

District EL Program Description

English language learners in the Aberdeen School District are enrolled in their home school and are part of the basic education classes and school environment. Students receive specialized assistance in learning their new language from our EL teachers in one-on-one or small group tutoring. English language support focuses on language development and supports content learning from the regular classroom.

ASD EL Handbook