The mission of the Academic Support Department is to move students toward grade-level proficiency in all academic areas.
Academic Support & EL Program
Achieve Academic Support and EL (English Language Learners) staff work as a team with other teachers to support the needs of our learners. Licensed support teachers work in our preK-8 classrooms or through pull-out sessions to positively impact EL and Title 1 student success.
We use a variety of instructional strategies and teaching models to support our English learners. Some of the teaching models include whole group, small group, and guided groups. We find that providing this kind of service in school targets students who may need additional support with content and language development. In these groups, we can support the students’ academic and social language using content-based teaching.
We also have a small number of students who are new to St. Paul, Minnesota, and the country. These students work – one-on-one or in a small group – with a licensed EL teacher who teaches them practical English vocabulary as well the foundations for acquiring the English language.
The three major student goals of our team are the following:
Provide English language services to students identified as EL by standardized means
To increase language proficiency through content-based instruction
Provide academic support services to meet the academic goals of all learners