English Language Learner
During the application process, all families will answer a series of questions to understand a student's home language as a first effort for Child Find and to determine if they need any additional English language support. Students with positive responses to any of the Home Language Survey questions will be referred to the English Language Learner (ELL) point of contact.
English Language Learners are defined as:
(A) who is age 3 through 21;
(B) who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school;
(C) (i) who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English;
(ii) (I) who is a Native American or Alaska Native, or a native resident of the outlying areas; and
(II) who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the individual's level of English language proficiency; or
(iii) who is migratory, whose native language is a language other than English, and who comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant; and
(D) whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language may be sufficient to deny the individual—
(i) the ability to meet the State's proficient level of achievement on State assessments described in section 1111(b)(3);
(ii) the ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English; or
(iii) the opportunity to participate fully in society
The ELL contact will talk with the family to determine if services were previously provided at the last school of attendance and will work to understand the current language needs of the student. Additionally, the school will request and review prior school and Arizona Department of Education English Learner records, including previous ELL evaluations and program plans to determine if a placement test is necessary to determine ELL services support. The Arizona English Language Learner Assessment Placement Test, also referenced as the AZELLA Placement test, is administered to all initially enrolled language minority students that are currently not identified by the Arizona Department of Education as having been tested for placement in the ELL program. This test functions as a screener that is used for the initial assessment and program placement of students who are identified as English Language Learners.
When a student is identified as ELL, they will participate in the school's English Language Learner program. The ELL program provides English language instruction for students using the Arizona English Language Proficiency standards through an Individualized Language Learner Plan. This plan takes into account the student's level of English proficiency and builds on the language skills and academic subject knowledge of the student. Some students of Limited English Proficiency may have modified instruction and assessments geared to meet their needs. Students who qualify for ELL services are assessed annually in four domains: Listening, speaking, reading, and writing using the AZELLA.
It is important that ESL students receive the same academic opportunities as students who are proficient in English. Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) is committed to the success of all students.
For more information on the school's ELL program, or to request a professional human translator please contact an AZVA representative at 602.476.1320.