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.
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.
Sheltered classes are available for English Language Learners to receive required high school credit in US History, World Studies, 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.
|Fellows Elementary||Jill Gale|
|Meeker Elementary||Anne Marie Kern|
|Mitchell Elementary||Lauren Gent|
|Sawyer Elementary||Lauren Gent|
|Ames Middle School||Kathleen Ary|
|Ames High School|
|Instructional Coach||Shaeley Santiago|
Director of Student Services
District ESL Director
Ames Community School
2005 24th St.
Ames, IA 50010