The English as a Second Language Program (ESL) is a K-12 program that ensures students who are identified as limited English proficient (LEP) receive the assistance needed to reach high levels of English proficiency so that they can successfully access and benefit from the total school program. ESL is a program of techniques, methodology and special curriculum designed to teach English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to LEP students. In addition, academic content is integrated into ESL instruction to assist LEP students in developing content, cognitive, and study skills as they develop their English language skills.
At Cullowhee Valley, ESL instruction is provided using the “pull-out” instructional model in all grades. ESL “pull-out” requires LEP students to spend most of the day in mainstream classes and receive an amount of time in ESL instruction that varies based on proficiency level and academic needs. Students from different language backgrounds receive instruction in English. The goal is for every LEP student to reach grade-level proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as measured by the ACCESS test (state-adopted English proficiency test).