English Learner (EL)
English Learner Program
The Minnetonka School District offers an educational program to meet the needs of students who are English Language Learners in grades K-12. This program addresses two areas: language acquisition and cultural adjustment.
The English Learner (EL) program may sometimes be referred to as the English Learner Program or English as a Second Language Program. Language is an essential tool for communication and the fulfillment of academic and personal needs. The staff of the EL department fosters meaningful understanding of American English and respect for all languages and cultures by facilitating classroom and personal success.
Our goal is to provide appropriate learning experiences for every EL student with consideration given to each student’s first language levels, English abilities in academic and social contexts, and school readiness.
Minnetonka EL at a Glance
- Approximately 180 students district wide (100 elementary, 80 secondary).
- Students come from homes that speak more than 40 different languages.
- The top languages other than English in Minnetonka include: Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Somali, Cambodian (Khmer) and Arabic.
- Entrance and Exit Criteria
- English Development Standards
- Academic Language
- English Proficiency Levels
- Parent Notification
- Additional Resources
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) adopted the WIDA English Language Development standards in 2011. They focus on social and academic language that takes place in classrooms and beyond. View MDE's English language development standards.
We describe EL levels on a continuum from 1 (Entering) to 6 (Reaching). EL and other linguistically and culturally diverse learners, bring a unique set of assets that often enrich the experiences of all. Our approach is positive and focuses on what EL students can do with language as they are developing their skills. View WIDA's Can Do Descriptors. View WIDA's Performance Definitions.
Parents are notified by mail of student entrance to the EL program. They are also notified by mail annually for continuation of services or program exit. MDE's Initial Placement Parental Notification procedures can be found on page four of its EL Procedures manual.
Director of Student Support Services
Chelsea Jordan (Department Chair)
Clear Springs Elementary
Deephaven Elementary and MHS
Groveland Elementary and MME
Minnewashta Elementary and MMW
Scenic Heights Elementary
Minnetonka High School