English as a Second Language
Ames Community School District strives to prepare English Learners who are socially and academically confident, bicultural, and multilingual through welcoming and engaging students and their families in the educational process.
Increase the percentage of ELs making growth on at least one subtest of the annual English language proficiency assessment.
Decrease the number of Long-Term English Learners (LTELs – defined as more than four full academic years in the Ames EL program).
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, 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.
|Edwards Elementary||Jill Gale||
|Fellows Elementary||Nick Hughes
|Meeker Elementary||Anne Marie Kern|
|Mitchell Elementary||Kait Ogden|
|Sawyer Elementary||Sadrac Alemán|
|Ames Middle School||
|Ames High School||
|Instructional Coach||Shaeley Santiago|
Dr. Chad Dumas
Executive Director of Elementary Education
English Learner Strategist
Ames Community School
2005 24th St.
Ames, IA 50010