English Language Learners

MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY

MISSION
Inspire to Excel
The mission of the English Language Learning programs offered in River Trails School District 26 is to inspire our English Language Learners (ELLs) to develop the knowledge, skills, and character necessary to excel in an ever-changing world while providing a safe and nurturing environment. ELLs in our program develop linguistically, academically, and cognitively within a socially and culturally supportive environment.

PHILOSOPHY
River Trails School District 26 supports the development of the whole child. We acknowledge the amount of knowledge English Language Learners bring with them to school and use it to aid in their learning. Students at River Trails District 26 need to achieve long-term, academic success in English in all curricular areas in order to be successful in higher-education.

We believe:

  • English Language Learners need to be respected and treated equitably.

  • English Language Learners need to be held to the same high-standards as all other students.

  • English Language Learners need to be taught by teachers that are highly qualified to instruct students whose first language is not English.

  • English Language Learners need to be encouraged to maintain their native language.

  • English Language Learners benefit from the involvement of their parents in their education.