English Language Learners

An image of a sphere shape covered in world flagsThe Cascade School District is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to every student. The English Language Learners (ELL) program is designed to accelerate English acquisition for students whose first language is not English and to further assist them in becoming successful learners in the classroom.

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Program Goals

  • English Learners will become proficient in English.
  • English Learners will have access to the general education curriculum and be provided with an equal educational opportunity.
  • English Learners will make significant progress toward meeting state and district standards.

Delivery Model

In the Cascade School District, the classroom teacher has the responsibility for the primary, direct instruction of English Learner eligible students. However, while there are many opportunities during the course of the day in a language-rich classroom environment for language learning, merely being exposed or engaged in activities in English is not sufficient to assure the development of full academic language proficiency. Therefore, English Learners in Cascade also receive explicit instruction in a language that is differentiated based on their English language proficiency level. This class provides English language development through systemic and explicit instruction of vocabulary, grammar, and syntax.

Elementary Services

In elementary schools, EL students meet daily in small groups outside of the regular education classroom. These groups are organized by the student’s English Language levels. The groups work on English Language Development in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 

Middle and High School Services

In our secondary schools, students are enrolled in a regularly scheduled class that meets every day for the entire duration of the class period. This class replaces one elective in the student’s schedule. In this class, students work on English Language Development by listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Data and Reports

Contact Us

Kathleen Johnson, Director of Special Services
503 749-8010 x1903

Katie Rojas, Junior & Senior High School ELL Teacher 
503 749-8020 x2506

Rebecca Kuluris, Turner Elementary ELL Teacher
503-749-8060 x6024

Carlos (Tony) Pasillas, Aumsville Elementary ELL Teacher 
503 749-8040 x4308