Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who are “ELL” students?

    • A student whose first language is a language other than English, And/or
    • A student who lives in a home where a language other than English is consistently spoken And/or
    • A student who has been influenced by an indigenous language, usually an American Indian language. 

    How does a student exit ELL?

    ELL students take an annual assessment called the ACCESS for ELLs.  In order to be considered proficient, students must have, at a minimum, an overall score of 5.0 along with a rating of 4.0 in literacy (reading and writing) on this assessment. Input from additional measures of reading, writing, or language development available from school assessments will also be considered before students are exited.   

    I know that my student’s parents don’t speak English - what should I do?

    The District has hired several translators who can be available at parent-teacher meetings or can translate written documents that need to be sent home. To find out if there is a translator available for the language you need, contact Shirley Lindburg.  If no translator is available, use CTS Language Link - A phone translation service that the district will pay for.  It is very important to be as proactive as possible about finding translation for parents.  Language should not be a barrier to a family being involved in their student’s education.  

    Who do I contact if I have a question about a student?

    If you have questions or need more information, contact

    Shirley Lindburg (K-5) salindburg@mcps.k12.mt.us X1057,

    Katya Larson (6-8) klarson@mcps.k12.mt.us X1155,  or

    Aria Peters (9-12) apeters@mcps.k12.mt.us X1079