IMHOTEP INSTITUTE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
ELL Policy and Program
English Language Learners / Limited English Proficiency Scholars
In compliance with Title 22, Chapter 4, Section 4.26 of the Curriculum Regulations of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Imhotep Charter School will provide a program for every student who is found to be Limited English Proficient or English Language Learners. Imhotep Charter School is committed to carrying out its responsibility to identify, support, and service English Language Learners through the implementation of a program based on sound educational and language learning theory, implemented with sufficient resources, staffed by appropriately prepared personnel, and is periodically evaluated. Thus the Imhotep Charter School ELL program includes the following:
Proficiency Monitoring and Assessment:
Exit Criteria: In order to be exited from the ESL program, students must meet either of these test criteria:
Students are monitored for two years after exiting ESL using a review of grades, benchmark tests, standardized test, portfolio assessment, and teacher feedback.
Communication with Parents — Imhotep Charter School Charter School acknowledges its responsibility to provide parents with information about assessment, academic achievement, school codes and policies in the native language of the parent or in their preferred mode of communication. To do this, Imhotep Charter School will establish a list of bilingual advocates in multiple languages in order to insure that its families are served appropriately.
Staffing — To address the needs of our ELL scholars for whom Spanish is the primary language, a bilingual staff member will be available to provide translation services for Spanish speaking families. Similar staffing will be sought to support ELL scholars whose language is based on languages other than Spanish. Imhotep Charter School will also provide ELL services by a full-time PA certified teacher. No ELL teacher will have a caseload that exceeds 25 scholars without additional supports. Our ELL teacher will collaborate with the classroom teachers and when appropriate, co-teach with regular education teachers who serve ELL children.
Professional Development — In alignment with the IICHS Professional Development Plan, the Imhotep Charter School staff will engage in professional development annually in order to build capacity among staff in creating ELL friendly environments, infusing culture and language into the culturally responsive classroom, and in strategies that will empower faculty in providing support for the academic and socialization achievement of ELL / LEP students.
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