English Language Learners (ELL)

Coe has students from many countries in North America, 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. Kate Scott, our .6 ELL teacher works with many small groups of students, in coordination with the classroom teacher and using regular classroom content to support speaking, listening, reading and writing. We also have a full time bilingual instructional assistant, Ernestina Casas, who helps students in their classrooms. She uses the same curriculum to support students.

Qualifying for ELL Services:

To determine eligibility for ELL services, the SPS Service Center requires all incoming students to fill out a Home Language Survey form. Students who indicate that a language other than English is spoken and used the most at home will be assessed for ELL eligibility. Testing for our program is administered either by the Bilingual Family Center now located at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence – The Bilingual Family Center
Their office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call them at 206-252-0010 .  

Exiting the Program

Every spring, students in our program take the annual ELPA 21 assessment, which determines if they have achieved proficiency level in reading, writing, listening, and speaking the English Language and are ready to remain in mainstream classrooms without special English Language support. Students at the proficiency level continue to be monitored for two more years for success, but are no longer served weekly for ELL support. For more help interpreting your child’s test scores, please call Kate Scott at