English Language Learner (ELL)

Mid-Prairie’s English Language Learner (ELL) program serves speakers of other languages in grades K-12. The goal of the ELL program is to support linguistically diverse students in gaining English proficiency, in learning academic content, and in preparing for a diverse world.

Research-Based Beliefs:

  • Students can learn language and content simultaneously.

  • Individuals acquire language at different rates and in different ways.

  • A solid literacy foundation in the home language is highly beneficial to learning additional languages.

  • Students with diverse backgrounds are an asset and bring a variety of unique strengths to the classroom.

  • High levels of parent involvement are related to high academic achievement for students.


During enrollment, parent(s) and/or guardian(s) complete a Home Language Survey. Students who speak any language besides English in the home are screened for English language proficiency. Identified students receive ELL services from specialized teachers. Annually in the spring, all identified students take the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21). Based on these results, students may exit from the program and be monitored for two years or continue receiving services the following year.

Mid-Prairie’s ELL program is flexible and uses a variety of teaching methods and models to meet each student’s needs.

Student with a poster board to share

Students are encouraged to share their culture with peers.

Student at graduation

Mid-Prairie supports all students in reaching their goals.

Cooking Class

Cooking Class




Students sorting vocabulary cards

Students learn vocabulary and language that will support them in and out of the classroom.

Student writing on an easel

Students learn grammar within real, familiar contexts.

Diversity strengthens our community. Check out images from various family and community engagement events.

Teachers and students sitting at a table talking

English conversation practice

Group at the public library

Literacy Day at Kalona Public Library

For more information related to Mid-Prairie’s ELL program, please refer to the
Mid-Prairie Lau Plan.