East Maine School District 63

Empowering all students to succeed in a changing world

English Language/Bilingual Programs

Biliteracy Dual-Language Classrooms 
Available to PreK-4th grade Spanish-speaking students who qualify, these classrooms offer instruction in all subjects in Spanish and English simultaneously. The goal is to help students make connections and transfers between the languages as early as possible. This program is offered at Apollo, Nelson, and Stevenson Schools. If your child attends Mark Twain, Melzer, or Washington School, and you are interested in finding out more about enrolling him/her in this program, contact either your Principal or the ELL Teacher at your school. If your child qualifies, transportation will be provided.
Sheltered and English Language (EL) Supported Classrooms 
Sheltered and EL supported classrooms move at the same pace as general education classrooms, but are designed to improve English language proficiency while students are learning grade level material. Sheltered classrooms are made up entirely of English learners at varying levels of proficiency. EL supported classrooms comprise 60 percent English learners and 40 percent randomly selected general education students. Not all schools offer these programs; contact your child's school to learn more. 
English Language (EL)  Services 
Qualifying students who speak a language other than English or Spanish may receive English language support services from an ELL certified teacher who will either pull them out of their classroom for EL services or go into the classroom to work with them. Students who speak Spanish in grades 4-8 receive ELL services from an ELL teacher throughout the school day. Services vary by year and by school, depending on the school population. Gujarati, Malayalam, Polish, Assyrian, and Arabic are examples of the types of language support commonly provided.
For more information about ELL/Bilingual Services at District 63, contact your child's school, Director of ESL/Bilingual Services Erin Sterling, 847.493.8406, or Katie Bajorek, Assistant to the Director, 847.493.8421. 
Students who do not qualify for ELL/Bilingual services will be placed in the general education program. These students will not receive any type of ESL or bilingual instruction or services.

Please note: parents have the right to refuse ELL or Bilingual Services. Please notify the school if you would not like your child to receive English language or Bilingual services.