September 28, 2017
DPS believes every student’s primary language is an asset that, combined with English language skills, leads to success in school and life. Our English Language Acquisition (ELA) programs help students learn English as they study their core subjects. In an ELA program, students who are native speakers of languages other than English, and not yet proficient in English, are supported by teachers specially trained to instruct English learners. English learners in DPS who participate in an ELA program until they are able to fully participate in mainstream classes have higher graduation rates and reading assessment scores. We strongly encourage all parents of English-language learners to select an ELA program to support their child’s learning.
Regardless of which program you choose, your child will receive dedicated English Language Development support and instruction in content areas from qualified teachers. If your child qualifies for ELA services, you will work with an ELA expert at your child’s school to select an ELA program by completing the Parent Permission Form. As a parent or guardian, you choose the services you want your child to receive. Click on a video below to learn more.