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English Language Learners

Molly McComas, Assistant Director of Student Services
Molly McComas

English Language Learner (ELL) Program

Welcome to Scott County School's ELL website.  ELL was formerly known as English as a Second Language (ESL).  Our ELL program is offered to students who are not yet proficient in English as determined by an English language screener.  We proudly serve almost 400 English Learners (ELs)  that come from many cultures and countries with a variety of languages and dialects. 

EL students have many challenges. They are learning academic content in a language that is not their own.  Scott County School's EL program is grounded in supporting and encouraging  ELs' native language proficiency to the maximium extent possible while providing rigorous content instruction and support. Academic expectations are held high for all ELs. At the  same time, support in all school environments is also provided.

In SCS, all cultures and languages are welcomed and valued. SCS administrators, teachers and staff understand that EL students bring important assets into the learning environment.

Program Vision

Scott County Schools will develop multilingual, culturally diverse students who are college and career ready and prepared to enter a global society.

Program Mission

Scott County Schools ELL Program will support students and teachers, maintain high standards and provide an academic experience that ensures an equal opportunity for success and empowers ELs to pursue life goals through language acquisition, academic, and cultural experiences.

Program Goals

  1. Scott County Schools ELL Program will provide instruction to each student in the ELL program in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  2. Scott County Schools ELL Program will provide ELs with equal access to content area instruction in order to make progress toward mastery of content standards.
  3. Scott County Schools ELL Program will collaborate effectively with teachers and support staff to ensure academic success.
  4. Scott County Schools ELL Program will provide and promote nurturing classroom environments for all students to communicate and function successfully.
  5. Scott County Schools ELL Program will promote ethnic pride through cultural diversity and sensitivity in order to participate in school and community life. 

Program Staff

Teaching Staff:

Scott County High School, Cardinal Academy, & Elkhorn Crossing
Royal Spring Middle, Scott County Middle, Georgetown Middle
Lemons Mill Elementary 
Veronica Holt - veronica.holt@scott.kyschools.us
Anne Mason Elementary & Stamping Ground Elementary
Garth Elementary & Southern Elementary
Laura Willhoughby - laura.willhoughby@scott.kyschools.us
Eastern Elementary & Northern Elementary
Western Elementary
Instructional Assistants:
Ashlee Simpson - ashlee.simpson@scott.kyschools.us
Anne Mason Elementary, Stamping Ground Elementary, & Western Elementary
Karin Morales - karin.morales@scott.kyschools.us
Lemons Mill Elementary, Garth Elementary, Eastern Elementary, Northern Elementary, & Southern Elementary.
Alexis Lockard - alexis.lockard@scott.kyschool.us
Scott County High School, Cardinal Academy, Georgetown Middle School, Royal Spring Middle School, & Scott County Middle School


Resources & Information


Standford University -  Better understand language to support EL students

Colorin Colorado - Variety of resources for Parents & Educators

WIDA Consorsium - EL Standards for quality EL programming and connection to core content

National Geographic -  Evidence-Based Research for EL program materials. (Type in "Reach" for Elementary Level, "Inside" for Middle School Level, and "Edge" for High School Level)


Identification Procedures: 

School Enrollement Staff  are vital to ensuring that immigrant & refugee students are identified and served by SCS in an efficient and timely manner.

Home Language Survey - Initiates the process to determine if a studnet is eligible for EL services.  All students should have a primary language listed on the HLS.  If the primary language is something other than Enlgish, the student will be administered the Enlish Language Screener to determine eligibility and start the Program Service Plan (PSP).

Type of Student:

1.  Immigrant- New to U.S  

2.  Immigrant- Individual has resided in the U.S. for a period of time prior to moving to Scott County Schools

Students who have been in U.S. schools 3 years or more are no longer classified as "Immigarnt"

3.  “Primary Refugee”- Individual has refugee status and is new to U.S (Resettlement Documentation Papers required)

4.  “Secondary Refugee”- Individual has resided in the U.S. for a period of time and moved to Scott County (Resettlement Documentation Papers required)

State ACCESS Testing:  Part of Kentucky's State Accountability System

All EL students must take the state ACCESS Test each year in order to determine their English language proficiency (ELP). The ACCESS Test assesses ELP in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The scores in the areas are then combined in order to provide ELP scores in Literacy (reading + writing), Oral Language (listening + speaking) and an Overall ELP Score.

The ACCESS Test has three Tiers of difficulty: 

Tier I is intended for students at the beginning to lower intermediate levels of English proficiency

Tier B is intended for students who are at the lower intermediate to lower advanced levels of proficiency

Tier C is intended for students at the advanced levels of proficiency

ELL Exit Criteria:

In the state of Kentucky, EL students are eligible to exit from EL Programs when they achieve an overall score of 4.5 or higher on a Tier B or C ACCESS Test. The student must also have a Literacy Score of 4.0 or higher. Once exited, students are monitored for a four year period.  If monitor students demonstrate acadademic difficulty, then the EL student may recieve additional supports through the EL program.  Once exited, regardless of monitoring supports, tudents will not be required to take state ACCESS testing again.