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Did you know?

  • Students in the Vernon English as a Second Language (ESL) Program speak a number of different languages, including Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Portuguese.

  • Vernon English Learners (ELs) come from many different countries including Pakistan and Ghana.

  • The Vernon ESL program’s top two dominant languages are Urdu and Spanish.


Who is an English Learner?

An EL is a student who

  • has a first language other than English.

  • is in the process of learning English.

  • needs additional support to acquire language and to learn grade level content.


The Vernon Public Schools ESL Program Mission and Goals


Mission: The Vernon Public Schools are committed to providing all English Learners with a high quality, academic education that will prepare them to be life-long learners who can successfully compete in our global economy.


  • Facilitate transition into English

  • Assist students in attaining full proficiency in oral and written English

  • Promote mastery of academic subjects


Process for Identifying ELs

If the Home Language Survey (HLS) indicates that a language other than English is spoken in the home, the following steps are followed:

1. The student is interviewed and tested using the LAS Links Placement Test.

2. If the student qualifies for ESL, the student is placed into an appropriate schedule including mainstream classes and ESL services.

3. A review of student progress is conducted annually using the LAS Links English Language Proficiency Assessment until the student achieves the state-mandated criteria for exit from ESL services.


RHS Instructional Program Services 

  • ESL classes and additional services during ROCK Block and pull-out sessions

  • A combination of English language instruction and academic support

  • small group and one-on-one instruction

  • modifications to assignments and ESL grading options

  • ESL consultation and support