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English as a Second Language


The mission of the Ames Community School District’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program is to provide English Language Learners with language and cultural instruction in a welcoming environment in order to increase academic achievement and social development.


The ESL program goals are aligned with international Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Goals and Standards and the federal government’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. The ultimate goal is to increase English language proficiency and raise academic achievement so  English Language Learners will be successful in their classes.


Ames Elementary English Language Learners may experience one of or a combination of the following models:


  • Students spend most of the school day in a regular classroom, but are pulled out for a portion of each day to receive instruction in English as a second language.


  • Students may remain in the regular classroom and receive English language support from the classroom teacher or the ESL teacher.

Middle School

English Language Learners are assigned to ESL classes for one or two periods, in addition to an ESL study hall. ESL classes are typically divided according to English proficiency, as well as grade level. Classes are focused on English language development and an introduction to American culture using a variety of strategies.  Class time may also be used to support English Language Learners with their content area coursework.

High School

Sheltered classes are available for English Language Learners to receive required high school credit in US History, World Studies, Algebra and English. ESL Reading is offered as an individualized class based on the English Language Learner’s level of English proficiency. ESL Beginner and ESL Intermediate levels help develop the foundational skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.


Ames English Language Program 

English Language Proficiency for the 21st Century (English version) 

English Language Proficiency for the 21st Century (Spanish version)

ESL Frequently Asked Questions

Ames Lau Plan for ESL Services 2018

iColorin Colorado for Families 


Edwards Elementary  Jill Gale  
Fellows Elementary Nick Hughes

Jane Wilson,

Meeker Elementary Anne Marie Kern

Jane Wilson,


Mitchell Elementary Kait Ogden
Sawyer Elementary Sadrac Alemán
Ames Middle School

Kathleen Ary


Kait Ogden


Ames High School Kris Krajnovich
Instructional Coach Shaeley Santiago



Dr. Anthony Jones 

Director of Equity 

Shaeley Santiago

Teacher on Special Assignment 

Ames Community School
District Educational
Services Center
2005 24th St.
Ames, IA 50010

Fax: 515-268-6633

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