Alternative Language

English Language Learners

The Uintah School District is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to every student. The English Language Learners (ELL) program is designed to accelerate English acquisition for students whose first language is not English and to further assist them in becoming successful learners in the classroom.

Program Goals

  • English Learners will become proficient in English.
  • English Learners will have access to the general education curriculum and be provided with an equal educational opportunity.
  • English Learners will make significant progress toward meeting state and district standards.

Delivery Model

In the Uintah School District, the classroom teacher has the responsibility for the primary, direct instruction of English Learner eligible students. However, while there are many opportunities during the day in a language-rich classroom environment for language learning, merely being exposed or engaged in activities in English is not sufficient to assure the development of full academic language proficiency. Therefore, Newcomer English Learners also receive explicit instruction that is differentiated based on their English language proficiency level. This provides English language development through systemic and explicit instruction of vocabulary, grammar, and syntax.

Elementary Services

In elementary schools, EL students meet daily in small groups or one on one outside of the regular education classroom. The students work with a tutor on English Language Development in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 

Middle and High School Services

In our secondary schools, students are enrolled in a regularly scheduled class that meets every day for the entire duration of the class period. This class replaces one elective in the student’s schedule. In this class, students work on English Language Development in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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For more information contact:

Jayme Leyba, ESL Director - 781-3100, ext 1030
Ruth Ann Nelson, ESL Administrative Assistant - 781-3100, ext 1032
Sheryl Packer, ESL Administrative Assistant - 781-3100, ext 1028

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No district employee or student shall be subjected to discrimination in employment or any district program or activity on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The district is committed to providing equal access and equal opportunity in its programs, services and employment including its policies, complaint processes, program accessibility, district facility use, accommodations and other Equal Employment Opportunity matters. The district also provides equal access to district facilities for all youth groups. The following persons have been designated as Title IX coordinators to handle inquires and complaints regarding unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation: Dr. Mistalyn Leis, Human Resources Director (435) 781-3100. You may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, Denver, CO, at (303) 844-5695.