Qualifying for English Language/Bilingual Services

  • Qualifying for English Learning, Dual Language or Bilingual services at District 63 is a multi-step process that begins when a new student enrolls in a District school. 
    • During student enrollment, parents/guardians complete a Home Language Survey.

    • If the survey indicates that a second language is spoken in the home, the student is given state-mandated language assessment to determine English proficiency.

    • Based on assessment results, District staff determine whether or not a student qualifies for English Learning, Dual Language or Bilingual services.  

    • Students who qualify may be enrolled in English Learning, Dual Language, or Bilingual services as appropriate - parents will be notified if their child qualifies for services.

    • As mandated by state law, each school year, all students enrolled in these programs must take the ACCESS for ELLs® test, which measures their social and academic language proficiency. 

    • When a student receives the state prescribed minimum score to be considered English proficient -- 4.8 Overall Composite Proficiency Score -- s/he is eligible to exit the language program. 

    Please note that parents have the right to refuse English Learning, Dual Language or Bilingual services . Notify the school if you do not wish your child to receive these services.