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It is our vision here at Belle Fourche School District 9-1 that all English Language Learners speak, listen, read, write and understand English effortlessly and proficiently in order to thrive academically and socially in any type of community where learning takes place.

The Belle Fourche School District shall offer a suitable planned educational curriculum for identified student learners whose main language is not English. The purpose of our ENL program is to expand both basic interpersonal communication skills (BICS) and cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP), to increase aptitude in the language domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing, to develop ability in intercultural connections and to promote participation in the full array of teaching activities in the customary education program of study and in supplementary activities in our schools. The following key points are included in our ENL program:

  • The ENL program provided to ELL’s will include pull out instruction as well as reinforcement to instruction and assessment in all content areas, both of which must be proportionate with the ELLs rank of English competence.
  • Students in the ENL program must have available meaningful, logical access to education in all content classes required by the South Dakota state standards and the WIDA instructional standards.
  • Accommodations and adaptations afforded to the student will be provided by the ENL instructor which will be shared and made by the ENL teacher and all core/encore instructors who have ELLs in their classroom.
  • ELLs must be evaluated using the equivalent grading system as all general students. Scores of ELLs must replicate what the ELLs understand and are able to do at their level of English language know-how.
  • The core/encore content teacher(s), ESL teacher, school counselor and principal will examine all ELL’s advancement during the school year to agree on programming changes if required.
  • All ELLs are served by the ENL instructor 2 times a week for 30 minutes each day.
  • Levels 1-6 will receive 30 minutes of Language Instruction 2 times a week

Mailing: 2305 13th Avenue
Belle Fourche, SD 57717

Phone: 605-723-3355
Fax: 605-723-3366

Ceci.Estes@k12.sd.us

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