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    English Language Learners (ELL) and International Services

    The Seattle Public School District is proud to have the largest English Language Learning student population in the state of Washington.  Collectively, our ELL students contribute 108 languages to the total of 147 spoken by families across the district and add a linguistically diverse and multi-cultural richness to our growing district-wide student population.  The ELL Department provides a range of services grounded in language acquisition and promotes an understanding that acquiring a second language is necessary and an asset. 

    Ensuring academic excellence through language acquisition instruction is our primary strategic focus.  By focusing on service alignment, an academic delivery model that is grounded in language acquisition through the application of the Common Core State Standards, English Language Proficiency Standards and Next Generation Science Standards we will ensure excellence in every classroom for each ELL student across our 102 schools.


    • ELL services in all schools that have state identified ELL students
    • Elementary Bilingual Orientation Centers, (EBOCs), Dunlap Elementary, Hawthorne Elementary, and Northgate Elementary
    • Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center (SBOC) located at the Seattle World School
    • Ten International Schools
    • Dual Immersion programs within our International Schools
    • Migrant student support
    • Refugee student support
    • Proyecto Saber - Denny International School, Chief Sealth International School and Ballard High School
    • Professional development for teachers, instructional assistants, parents, school leaders and central office staff
    • Regional ELL Coaches
    • L-4 Exited Funding for extended day programs
    • Translation and Interpretation support for ELL students and families
    • Student placement testing during the enrollment process and annually
    • World language credit for proficiency opportunities
    • Staffing of Bilingual Instructional Assistants


    • Meaningful, research based, high quality professional development to all teachers, instructional assistants and school leaders. Course offerings include a basic foundational understanding regarding the new language demands in the Common Core State Standards and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS). Please refer to the professional development schedule link for course offerings
    • Design, implement, and expand services to ensure equity and access for all students
    • Ensure compliance of state and federal services
    • Establish, develop and sustain a talented, highly skilled, dedicated, and collaborative staff
    • Ensure that all resources (money, time, and people) are allocated efficiently and effectively based on student needs and data
    • Collaborate meaningfully with district staff, families, communities, and higher education institutions


    English Language Proficiency Standards

    Professional Development Schedule
    (See this under ESS)

    World Family Center at Seattle World School (formerly SBOC)
    301 21st Ave. E.
    Seattle, WA. 98112
    Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Bilingual Facilitators
    FAX Number: 206-252-2256

    Contact Us

    Michelle Ota
    Director, ELL and International Services

    Honoring Home Languages

    We are proud to share this video honoring the linguistic diversity of our students and families.


    Home Language Survey Forms

    Visit OSPI website. Translations available. 

    Smarter Balanced Parent Communication

    English, Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukranian, Vietnamese.


    ELL and Native Americans students who qualify will take the ELPA 21 (English Language Proficiency Assessment). The testing window goes from January 28th 3rd until March 27th.  If you have questions contact your school.

    See the links below:
    Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya, Vietnamese, English.

    See brochure below:
    English, Spanish, Somali, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese

    Amharic,  Chinese,  English,  Somali,  Spanish, Vietnamese.