English as a Second Language (ESL)
The Sioux City Community School District continues to serve a growing population of English Learners (EL’s) in grades K-12 through the ESL (English as a Second Language) Program. Approximately 82 percent of the EL students served in the district are Spanish speaking. Other languages include, but are not limited to, Vietnamese, Somali, Oromo, Amharic, Chuukese, Arabic, and French.
Under Iowa law, an English 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.
Every Building in SCCSD, with the exception of Nodland/Sunnyside Elementary, has ESL programming, each building’s programming differs based on student data and need.
For more information on the ESL Program, please contact:
Victoria Albright, World Languages Program Coordinator