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English as a Second Language

Lakota's English as a Second Language program serves over 1,900 English Learner students in grades K-12 who represent more than 40 different languages.

The purpose of Lakota's English as a Second Language (ESL) program is to provide tiers of support to all English Learner (EL) students, through best instructional practices, research-based interventions and collaborative problem-solving with parents, administrators and teachers.

We have three goals to help ensure that our students receive the best possible ESL service at Lakota:

  1. Implement systems to monitor and evaluate compliance with Title III requirements;
  2. Provide tiers of support to all EL students; and
  3. Provide opportunities to engage families of EL students.

Program Details

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Home Help Tips for Parents of English Learner Students

  • Read to your child daily in your native language or in English.
  • Encourage your child to maintain his/her native language while learning English. Research shows that children who have fluent skills in their native language learn the second language more quickly.
  • Practice vocabulary with your child using household objects.
  • Practice good study habits.
  • Set aside a time for students to study on a regular basis.
  • Meet with your child’s ESL teacher and classroom teacher.
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Diversity & Inclusion

In Lakota, we celebrate the cultural diversity that makes our district unique and rich in world experiences. Diversity among both students and staff gives Lakota students the opportunity to become global thinkers and culturally responsive citizens.

Visit Lakota's Outreach Diversity & Inclusion Webpage

Contact Us

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Kim Melzer
Director, Federal Program