English as a Learning Language (ELL)

The 2012 - 2013 ELL Program at Coe Elementary School has approximately 40 students. Our students speak 15 languages from all over the world. We have 19 students whose first language is Spanish and also have students from many countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. There are some students who are learning English for the first time and some who are close to being proficient speakers of English. Julie Gamwell, our .5 ELL teacher works with the many small groups of students working on Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. We also have 2 instructional assistants who help students in their classrooms.

Qualifying for ELL Services

Testing for our program is administered by the Bilingual Family Center now located at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence. Their office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call them at 206-252-7750. With advance arrangement, testers can come to Coe Elementary and administer the eligibility test to your student here.

Exiting the Program

Every spring, students in our program take the WLPT-II, which determines if they have achieved proficiency in reading and writing the English Language and are ready to be in mainstream classrooms without special English Language support. For more help interpreting your child’s test scores, please visit OSPI’s website on the topic.

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