English Learners (EL)
The Belvidere School District offers comprehensive programs for those students identified as needing additional support in acquiring English. At all levels, students from various language backgrounds have the opportunity to participate in programs to support their English language development in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing within specific content areas. Program placement is based on an initial evaluation process during registration and is also determined by the student's home school. All students who are identified as English Learners are evaluated annually on the ACCESS for ELLs assessment to determine their placement in EL services.
Dual Language Immersion
Currently at the elementary level, the Belvidere School District offers Dual Language Immersion Programs that value the equal acquisition of two languages, English and Spanish. Students participating in this program spend half of the day learning academic content in English and half of the day learning academic content in Spanish. Dual Language Immersion classrooms develop bilingual, biliterate and bicultural students, who are able to achieve proficiency in both English and Spanish within an environment that embraces diversity and strives for excellence. District 100 offers two Dual Language Immersion programs; One Way Immersion and Two Way Immersion. All programs follow the same 50/50 model of language instruction for kindergarten through fifth grades.
Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE)
Secondary level students whose primary language is Spanish have the opportunity to participate in the TBE program. Participating students receive instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) with support in their native Spanish language as needed. Students needing additional support in acquiring English at the secondary level can participate in the TBE program on a part-time or full-time basis as determined by their individual needs.
Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI)
At all levels, students from various language backgrounds, other than Spanish, have the opportunity to participate in the TPI program. In this program, teachers use English as a Second Language (ESL) strategies to support students in their English language development. At the elementary level, students in this program attend a monolingual (English only) classroom and receive language support from an EL teacher. At the secondary level, students in this program attend one or more EL classes, based on the student's’ individual needs.
Director of ELL