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English Language Learners

Vision & Mission

Our vision:

The vision of the EL Department is to ensure that English Learners whose first language is not English develop linguistic, cognitive, and academic skills to participate in an academically rigorous setting and become competitive citizens of our society; through respecting and building upon the unique cultural and linguistic attributes they bring to our learning community.

Our mission:

The mission of the EL Department is to provide ELs with second language instruction that will lead them to English language proficiency and enable them to participate equitably in both social and academic settings.


Director of EL
Xóchitl Medina
EL Specialists:
  • CHS - Estela Nuñez & Josephine Hernández
  • Block - Verónica Ayala
  • McKinley - Ruzica Hamilton
  • Washington/Lincoln - Martha Purcell
  • Harrison - Ava Bell

ELL Resources

Helpful ELL Terms

ELL - English Language Learner

ESL - English as a Second Language

WIDA - World Class Instructional Design Assessment

ILP - Individualized Learning Plan - a support plan for each ELL student to ensure their academic success