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English Language Learners (ELL)

English Language Learners:

The English Language Learners (ELL) Program at Linn-Mar is designed to help students acquire the English language. We work with students whose first language is not English, or who speak more than one language at home.

The Linn-Mar District has ELL services at all 12 schools. Students are able to attend their neighborhood school and the ELL teachers travel from building to building. The ELL teachers work to help support students in the general education classrooms, along with teaching skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English.

At the elementary level and intermediate schools, students spend most of their day in the classroom with their English speaking classmates, with some daily small group instruction time for English language instruction. During small group instruction, students work on the five areas of language: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and comprehension. The elementary and intermediate  ELL curriculum is content-based and students work on language acquisition through the areas of science and social studies.

At the middle schools and high school, students spend one period or more a day in ELL class where we use a research-based curriculum and/or a combination of other materials to work on reading, writing, speaking, listening, and comprehension. Students may also be in a co-taught classroom or a content area classroom with an ELL support teacher. We also work closely with the content teachers to assist students in comprehension and completing assignments.


Our Program:

  • K-12 instructional program for English Language Learners
  • Assist students to reach full English proficiency
  • Small group and individual instruction
  • Support students who represent over 25 different languages and cultural backgrounds

Our Teachers:


What are English Services:


ELPA 21:

The ELPA21 is an online standardized assessment used to measure English proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The ELPA21 is used to measure annual progress towards English proficiency. Mandatory training is provided each school year beginning in late fall for tech coordinators, district/school test coordinators, and test administrators. (Educateiowa.gov). This standardized assessment is typically administered during the spring.

Students who may speak a language other than English within the home, may be given the ELPA21 Dynamic Screener. If a student does not score within the proficient range, will be identified for English Language Learner (ELL) services.

Additional ELPA21 Resources from the Iowa Department of Education:


Community Resources:

Shawn Knighton, Family Resource Specialist

The Linn-Mar Family Resources Specialist is available to answer any questions you may have concerning community support.

Child Care:

Immigrant & Refugee Resources:

Food Resources:

Catherine McAuley Center:

  • Provides free language tutoring to adults
  • https://cmc-cr.org/
  • 1220 Fifth Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403
  • 319-363-4993

Parent Teacher Conferences:

If you would be more comfortable with an interpreter, please let the school know and one will be provided for your conference.

  • Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade
    • Typically, Elementary conferences are scheduled electronically with your child’s home room teacher. An email will be sent to you to sign up for a specific time. You will also meet with your child’s ELL teacher.
    • 5-6 Grade buildings:
    • 7-8 Grade buildings:
      • October 20, 25
      • March 2, 7
  • 9th-12th grade:
    • High school conferences are held after school hours, starting after 4 pm. You do not need to schedule a time to speak with a teacher, just go to the high school building and wait for your turn to speak with a specific teacher.
      • September 29
      • December 1
      • February 23
      • May 4th

Free and Reduced Lunch:


District Data:

2021-2022 School Year

21.22 EL data


LAU Plan:

2022-2023 Linn-Mar Community School LAU Plan. The Lau (ELL) Plan (Lau v. Nichols, 1974) is a district plan designed to meet the instructional needs of English Learners.

Linn-Mar Lau Plan Summary