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Eugene Field Center
The English as a Second Language (ESL) program provides instruction in English language development for students whose native language is not English. A certified ESL teacher works with these students to promote English language and academic skills.
Upon entering Altus schools, students are screened with a language survey to see if a language other than English is spoken in the home. Those with a different home language are assessed with the WIDA ACCESS Placement Test. The site committee reviews the results and determines appropriate services for students. Parents are informed of the results and are asked for input on the ESL Parent Notification Form. Students assigned for services receive weekly support from the ESL teacher in collaboration with the classroom teacher. After school and summer school services are also offered.
A Parent And Teacher Resource Information Center (PATRIC) is available at Eugene Field Center, 314 South Forrest Street, so that parents can check materials out for use in the home with their children. Community support is provided by the Altus Rotary Club and Jackson County Memorial Hospital.
In the spring, all ESL students are assessed with the state WIDA ACCESS language assessment to monitor gains in language pertaining to reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies. Each school is required to make targeted gains under No Child Left Behind. Students who demonstrate proficiency are monitored for an additional two years to assure success.
Collaborative efforts between the teachers, parents, and the community enable students to make a full transition into the regular school program.
For further information call 580-481-2691, or visit Eugene Field Center, 314 South Forrest, Altus, OK 73521.
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