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English as a Second Language

Welcome to the Student Services Department at West Ottawa!

ESL Services

West Ottawa Public Schools believes strongly that students of limited English proficiency can achieve levels of academic performance comparable to those of the general English-speaking population. We are committed to providing appropriate instructional services to ensure that our students are not deprived of the opportunity to learn content matter while they also gain proficiency in English.

Two separately funded, yet programmatically blended programs are offered in the district.

ESL Program

Using district and state dollars, the district provides instructional and support services to students in grades K-12 who have limited English proficiency. Students qualify for the program in several ways:

  • Home language survey
  • Test of English reading comprehension, writing, speaking, and listening

Our ESL teachers have university endorsements in teaching limited English proficiency students. Our certified ESL teachers service all of our students K-12.

The district is committed to continually improve instruction.

  • We have a staff at all buildings trained in SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol).
  • We use materials that focus especially on oral language development such as Phonics and Friends.
  • During 2013-2014 regular school year, 1,488 students in grades K-12 participated in the spring WIDA ACCESS testing.

Migrant Education Program

Migrant Education Programs are federally-funded through Title I legislation. Children (ages 0-21) of migratory workers involved primarily with the nursery tree industry or blueberry harvesting are provided with instructional support services during the spring, summer, and fall sessions.

Teachers and educational assistants work collaboratively with the student’s general education teachers during the regular school year. During the summer months, certified staff provide intensive instruction for six weeks (150 hours minimum) to pre-kindergarten through 8th grade children.

Program staff work diligently to ensure that student records are transferred on a timely basis between their schools in Texas, Florida, Mexico, and West Ottawa. As much as possible, children are assisted in overcoming educational disruptions and fragmentation of instruction, social isolation, health-related problems, and other factors which inhibit their success in school.

During the 2013-2014 school year, 207 migrant students were identified pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, and 170 participated in the 2014 summer migrant program pre-K through 8th grade.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Jeri Page, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
(616) 738-5721