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ESL Centers

The ESL Center provides support in acquiring the English language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) necessary for learners to be successful. It is our goal to provide a safe and supportive learning environment where children feel comfortable as they progress in the acquisition of the English language.

Students come to ESL with different educational backgrounds and experiences with English. Some individuals learn languages easily and others take longer. Please emphasize to your child that it is important to demonstrate effort and perseverance in every class. The teachers know that your child is learning English and they are very patient with ELL students.

Support provided through the ESL program is based on student level and needs.

Typically it is recommended that students with Levels 1, 2 & 3 English language proficiency attend one of the ESL Centers. This is determined at the time of enrollment by using the W-APT Screener

Students at Levels 4 & 5 attend their home school with support.

How to Get Started

If you are interested in enrolling in the Rochester Community Schools ESL Program, contact Student Enrollment at the Administration Center, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 248.726.3000.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Identify home/primary language on the enrollment form

Arrange for an evaluation of English language proficiency with

Kathy Demchak-Murphy - 248-726-3234

Cynthia Kiser – 248-726-3717

Magie Wolski – 248-726-3707

Michele LaPorte – 248-726-4444

Rita Peter - 248-726-3430

Lindsey Yaxl - 248-726-3600

Jessica Smokovitz 248-726-3600

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Identify home/primary language on the enrollment form.

Arrange for an evaluation of English language proficiency with Pam Glaysher at West Middle School, email pglaysher@rochester.k12.mi.us.

HIGH SCHOOL

Identify home/primary language on the enrollment form.

Schedule an appointment for an ESL evaluation with Ann Marie Hill at Rochester High School, email ahill@rochester.k12.mi.us

Choose classes and build a schedule with your counselor at the high school.

Notification of placement of students in the program is made available by the ESL Consultant.