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English Language Learners (ELL)

Welcome to Cypress Creek High School!

The ESOL program at Cypress Creek High School enables ELL students or English Language Learners to develop proficient listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the English language through instructional tasks requiring complex thinking and instructional support that matches students’ levels of language proficiency.

Students are enrolled in the appropriate grade level courses of English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Computer Literacy. Our English Language Arts teachers are ESOL certified and provide varied strategies, encourage second language use, as well as teach the necessary skills students will use on the state (FSA) and End of Course (EOC) tests. Our teachers use various strategies to teach, evaluate and assess our ELL students as they learn their new language. Additional assistance is provided as needed by paraprofessionals that work with the students in the classrooms as well as to parents or guardian with continuous informational sessions held throughout the year with information needed to support student at home.

Our ELL/ESOL Department is located in the main office room 1-101B and 1-101A. For additional information regarding the ESOL program, please feel free to stop by and meet our ELL/ESOL Personnel, Mrs. Alicia Duarte, ESOL Compliance Specialist and Mrs. Neida I. Garcia-Medina, Program Assistant.

Alicia.duarte@ocps.net 407-852-3400 Ext. 6032356

neida.garcia-medina@ocps.net 407-852-3400 Ext. 6032302

Identification

New students complete a Home Language Survey (HLS) at the time they register in the district. When there is a “Yes” on any of the HLS questions, further assessment is completed to determine eligibility for the ESOL program.

Program Placement

Students are selected and placed in the ESOL Program due to the responses provided in the Home Language Survey. An assessment model is developed for evaluating and placing all potentially ELL student. The test used for Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing covers a wide range of skills and is approved by the Florida Department of Education.

Report card grades, State Assessments, such as the FSA or ACCESS/WIDA, teacher recommendations, and parent concerns are taken into consideration as part of the exit procedures. A LEP Committee meeting will be convened to discuss readiness to exit or need to remain ESOL.

Post Reclassification

The academic process of former ELL students shall be monitored for two years after exiting the ESOL Program. The student’s performance will be reviewed four times during the monitoring period. Any consistent pattern of underperformance on tests or grades shall result in the convening of a LEP Committee for review and assess the possibility to return to the ESOL program.

LEP Committee

The LEP (Limited English Proficient) Committee is school based and includes teacher(s), an administrator or designee, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and other educators as needed to discuss the needs of the individual student and how the school can best serve ELL/ESOL students.

Parent Leadership Council

The Parent Leadership Council (PLC) is established at the school and district level. The representatives of the school PLC are identified by each school as parents of ELL students. The District PLC meets at least four times a year to establish goals and improve the parent to school to district communication. Multilingual Services shall train and assist the council in conducting meetings.

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