Our Program at a Glance:
Approximately 500 students receive English language instruction; the students at CRSD speak over 40 different languages. The top three languages are Arabic, Spanish, and Polish. Our goal is to provide an accessible curriculum that is equitable and meets the academic grade level while students become proficient English speakers.
Per Illinois Administrative Code 228.30, the following programs and supports must be in place for English learners to access their education.
Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) - Also known as ESL (English as a Second Language). During ESL classes, teachers differentiate grade-level instruction to make it comprehensible to English Learners. The program is taught by teachers who have an ESL or Bilingual endorsement. Students are placed in a general education program for the majority of the day, with the EL teacher working collaboratively to meet the students' needs alongside the classroom teacher.
Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE)- Bilingual programs are offered when 20 or more students have qualified for services and speak the same native language in a building. Instruction is delivered in the native language as well as English. The amount of native language used varies according to the needs of the child. These students are in a general education classroom for most of the day and work with a Bilingual teacher. The teacher is certified as a Bilingual teacher, which includes being a fluent speaker of the students’ native language.