English Language Learners

The ELL program provides instruction to meet the needs of K-12 students whose primary language is not English. Students qualify for the program shortly after enrollment by scoring at a level 1, 2, or 3 on the Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA). Students take this test if  a parent or guardian indicates on the Home Language Survey that the student’s first language is not English.

Students exit from the program when they score at a level 4 on the annual Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA). Depending on needs and assessment, some students may participate in ELL classes, while others may receive in-class or pull-out assistance. 

Both certificated and classified staff assist ELL students. The ELL program supplements regular classroom teaching. Parent involvement is an important part of our program; your input is welcome and your participation is encouraged. Family involvement is a key factor in a student's improved academic performance.
Interpreters for parents who have limited English skills may be obtained by contacting your students school or the district office.  Lakewood School District strives to communicate with our ELL families and provide documents in a language they can understand. 

District Contact
Melissa VanZanten, Director of Teaching and Learning and ELL District Coordinator
Leslie O'Kinsella, ELL Teacher/Coordinator
Lakewood Middle School
360-652-4501 X 3000
State Contact
Migrant and Bilingual Education
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Last Modified on December 16, 2015