Bilingualism & EL
English Learners (ELs) make up about 25% of Stetson’s student population. The majority of the school’s EL population is from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Stetson’s language instruction education program (LIEP) serves 5th-8th grade students who are identified as ELs using the Home Language Survey and the placement test called the WIDA Screener. The purpose of the LIEP program is to help students who speak a first language other than English develop social and academic speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in English to allow students to develop bilingually. The program also strives to offer professional development to staff to better serve the needs of the EL population.
Our Identification Process helps us establish the aptitude, experience and needs of new students so we can begin instruction at each individual level. Parents of newly enrolling students complete a Home Language Survey to provide the following:
- What was the student's first language
- What is the native language of each parent/guardian?
- Does the student speak a language other than English?
- What language(s) is/are spoken in the home?
- Has the student ever previously attended school in the United States?
For more details about what makes Stetson a great option for bilingual students and families, download the EL Manual on the sidebar.
Click the link below to download the EL Manual for Stetson Charter and ASPIRA Schools for detailed information about our language learning program and staff.