1702 N. Main St.
Davenport, IA

English as a Second Language

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ESL Programs

Over 400 students receive ELL services in the Davenport Community School District.  There supports two types of programs in the district:  Intensive ESL Programs and Satellite ESL Programs.  Below is a comparison of the two ESL Programs in the district.


Intensive ESL ProgramsSatellite ESL Programs
*ELLs attend school with ELL teacher on staff*ELLs attend school where a traveling "Satellite" ELL teacher schedules visits
*ELLs meet daily with ELL Teacher and Para*ELLs meet with Satellite ELL teacher for regularly scheduled lessons, 1-2 times per week
*Materials and texts supporting English language learning are used*Regular Education materials and texts are used
*ELL teachers support academic learning in the regular classroom*ELL teachers support academic learning in the regular classroom
*Recommended for non-English proficient and limited-English
Proficient ELLs with a composite score of 3 or below on the annual ESL assessment
*Recommended only for ELLs with a composite score of 4 or 5 on the annual ESL assessment
*Recommended minutes is determined by the students proficiency level


ESL Services

The Davenport Community School District uses an English as a Second Language program model.  An English as a Second Language program uses techniques, methodology, and special curriculum designed to teach ELLs English language skills, which may include listening, speaking, reading, writing, study skills, content vocabulary, and cultural orientation.  Further, ELL instruction is usually in English with little use of native language.

At the elementary level, ELL teachers use a push-in/pull-out model where ELL teachers push-in during language arts or math instruction and pull-out during  science and social studies.  During the pull-out time, ELL teachers use the National Geographic curriculum (which is science and social studies content) and align instruction to the standards in the regular classroom, so ELL students are not losing any regular classroom content.  In addition, in the language arts classroom during small blended learning time, ELL students use Imagine Learning, which is a program designed to improve language development.

At the secondary level, other than the sheltered classrooms, ELL teachers push-in or pull-out depending on the needs of the students.  The ELL teacher and ELL student work on communication skills, academic vocabulary development, reading/writing skills and acculturation.

Process to Identify English Language Learners

  1. All families with students enrolled in the Davenport School District complete a home language survey.
  2. When a language other than English is listed as the home language, and/or the child was born outside of the U.S., an ELL teacher administers an assessment to determine if ESL services are needed.
  3. After the assessment, the ESL teacher will determine the student’s level of English proficiency and discuss the academic options with the family.
  4. Students who qualify for an intensive ESL program may attend the nearest site (listed previously).
  5. A family may decline services by signing a form indicating that they are not accepting the recommendation.

Cultural Liaisons

Cultural Liaisons serve as a bridge between the schools and ELL families.  They spend time at each intensive site every week providing translations and supports for families and students.

Transportation to ESL sites

All students who ride the bus must follow district guidelines for appropriate behavior.  Full status ELL students are assigned to an intensive ESL school site.  If this is not the student’s home school, the district provides busing at no charge.