Purpose of the Alternative Language Program
The purpose of the Alternative Language Program is to provide learners from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds with an equitable and appropriate education, so they have an opportunity to:
- Develop academic, vocational, and social skills, and
- Become successful and productive citizens in a global society.
Identification & Placement
- Each registration card includes the home language survey which consists of 4 questions about the student’s linguistic background.
- If any language other than English is listed on the home language survey, then the school secretary or registrar will complete the first portion of the Bilingual Language Classification Form (BLCF) with the parents.
- The BLCF is given to the ALP Lead teacher. The ALP Lead teacher ensures that WIDA Screener is administered.
- The WIDA Screener score report is attached to a copy of the Parent Notification form and is given to parents. Copies of the Parent Notification form and the WIDA Score report are given to the secretary or registrar to be scanned into the student’s file.
- If the student has scored levels 1-4 on the WIDA Screener, the student qualifies for ESL services and will be placed in the appropriate classes. If the student has scored level 5 or 6, the student is not placed in any ESL classes.