English Language Learners

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Bloomfield Hills Schools welcomes children from all over the world. Our goal is to expedite English language learning and enhance each child's acculturation into American schooling. We have several options available for English language learners.

Our Newcomer Programs are designed as a one-year intensive English language experience. The District classrooms, located at Lone Pine Elementary and West Hills Middle School host non-English speakers in first through eighth grades. Children are welcomed into a friendly group atmosphere where basic interpersonal communication skills and academic language are taught in an anxiety-free learning environment. As the students' English proficiency increases so does the opportunity to join their English speaking peers for additional academic instruction.

Non-English speaking high school students are enrolled in English and social studies classes specified for English language learners.

Students who have limited English proficiency (LEP) receive academic support from certified English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers in addition to their classroom instruction. ESL support continues until students reach a level of English proficiency as determined by annual assessments.

Parents are notified when students are eligible for ESL services and are encouraged to be involved in the educational process.