English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
West Des Moines Community Schools students come from culturally and linguistically diverse homes representing over 70 different languages. To support the development and enhancement of academic English, we serve around 10% of our student population in our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.
English learners receive services through the newcomer program, stand-alone English language development, collaborative teaching, or sheltered instruction. All English learners receive direct support from an ESOL teacher, and all services provide students access to the district core curriculum.
Parent/guardians have the right to decline ESOL Services for their student. If a parent wishes to waive ESOL services, a meeting is held to discuss concerns and potential outcomes. Parents annually complete and sign a waiver form. Parents have the option to un-waive services at any time.
Free transportation is provided for English learners only if they must attend a school other than their neighborhood school to receive ESOL services. If assistance is needed to pay bus fees, the school’s secretary or principal should be contacted to determine eligibility for assistance.
English for Speakers of Other Languages Director
English for Speakers of Other Languages Program Lead
Multilingual Family Engagement Team
Biak Cin Thang
Burmese Hakha Chin