English Learners (EL)

  • The EL 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 English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21). Depending on needs and assessment, some students may participate in EL classes, while others may receive in-class or pull-out assistance.

    Both certificated and classified staff assist EL students. The EL 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 student's school or the district office. Lakewood School District strives to communicate with our EL families and provide documents in a language they can understand.

    District Contacts

    Amie Verellen-Grubbs, Director of Teaching and Learning and EL District Coordinator
    Leslie O'Kinsella, EL Teacher/High School Coordinator
    Gregory Alburn, EL Teacher/Elementary and Middle School Coordinator

    Lakewood School District
    360-652-4501 X 4135

    State Contact

    Migrant and Bilingual Education
    Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction