English Learners (EL) Services

District 401 is committed to supporting the English language development of all English-learning students so they can achieve English language proficiency, grow linguistically and socially, and meet the rigorous academic demands expected of all District 401 students.

Contact Information

Questions or concerns? Please contact Dr. Kari Smith, Director for Students Services, at 708-583-5836 or smithk@epcusd401.org.

District 401’s Policy on English Learners

EL instruction in District 401 is governed by the Board of Education's policy on English Learners, which can be found in Section 6:160 of the District Policy Manual:

The District offers opportunities for resident English Learners to develop high levels of academic attainment in English and to meet the same academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to attain. The Superintendent or designee shall develop and maintain a program for English Learners that will:

  1. Assist all English Learners to achieve English proficiency, facilitate effective communication in English, and encourage their full participation in school activities and programs as well as promote participation by the parents/guardians of English Learners.   
  2. Appropriately identify students with limited English-speaking ability.   
  3. Comply with State law regarding the Transitional Bilingual Educational Program (TBE) or Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI), whichever is applicable.   
  4. Comply with any applicable State and federal requirements for the receipt of grant money for English Learners and programs to serve them.   
  5. Determine the appropriate instructional program and environment for English Learners.   
  6. Annually assess the English proficiency of English Learners and monitor their progress in order to determine their readiness for a mainstream classroom environment.   
  7. Include English Learners, to the extent required by State and federal law, in the District’s student assessment program to measure their achievement in reading/language arts and mathematics.   
  8. Provide information to the parents/guardians of English Learners about: (1) the reasons for their child’s identification, (2) their child’s level of English proficiency, (3) the method of instruction to be used, (4) how the program will meet their child’s needs, (5) specific exit requirements of the program, (6) how the program will meet their child’s individualized education program, if applicable, and (7) information on parent/guardian rights. Parents/guardians will be regularly apprised of their child’s progress and involvement will be encouraged.

Parents/guardians of English Learners will be: (1) given an opportunity to provide input to the program, and (2) provided notification regarding their child’s placement in, and information about, the District’s English Learners programs.

A searchable online version of the complete District Policy Manual can be found here.

To Learn More

For additional information about District 401's EL services and programs, please visit the pages listed below, or click the links located on the left side of this page.

ACCESS Testing

Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC)

Continuum of EL Services