English as a Second Language
The Sioux City Community School District continues to serve a growing population of English Language Learners (ELL’s) in grades K-12 through the ESL (English as a Second Language) Program. Approximately 85 percent of the ELL students served in the district are Spanish speaking. Other languages include, but are not limited to, Vietnamese, Somali, Cambodian, Tigrinya, and Chuukese.
Under Iowa law, an English Language Learner is defined as a student whose primary language is a language other than English, with English proficiency low enough to decrease the probability of educational success in an English-only classroom.
For more information on the ESL Program, please contact:
Nancy Miles, World Languages Program Coordinator