English Learners (EL)


The Wausau School District’s EL Program facilitates the acquisition of English by Limited English Proficient Students in a natural, effective manner while acquiring content area knowledge as well as acclimation and acculturation skills enabling them to become self-sufficient, responsible citizens. 


FAMILY INVOLVEMENT – We believe that EL students:

  • have families that are in integral part of the educational process
  • should have district support in promoting family involvement.

CULTURE/LANGUAGE - We believe that EL students:

  • should be supported and encouraged in their native language and culture
  • must be culturally understood by teachers, fellow students, and community
  • should have their culture represented in all curriculum areas.

EDUCATORS - We believe that EL students:

  • have a right to professional educational services from qualified, caring, and accessible ESL staff
  • have the right to culturally sensitive school personnel.

SELF ESTEEM - We believe that EL students:

  • need positive role models
  • should be recognized as individuals
  • should be provided acceptance and pride in their differences
  • can learn
  • should recognize and promote their own gender equity.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT - We believe that EL students:

  • should have a safe physical and emotional learning environment
  • should have a person and place where they feel free to experiment with the language and having their needs met
  • should not be isolated totally from their English speaking peer
  • should be provided with an appropriate sized classroom and class.

CURRICULUM / INSTRUCTION - We believe that EL students:

  • learn at their own pace
  • need realistic approaches
  • need age appropriate language.
  • need a variety of methodology of instruction.
  • can learn.
  • need to learn the four basic skills of English so they.
  • can be successful lifelong learners.
  • have a need and a right to be taught curriculum that is meaningful, comprehensible, and developmentally appropriate.
  • need to be provided the experiences necessary to develop background knowledge to be successful learners and citizen in BOTH cultures.
  • learn just as any other students do with wide ranges in abilities and/or disabilities.
  • they should be taught using developmentally appropriate materials.
  • learn best in a challenging yet non-threatening environment where experiential, whole language methods are used for authentic purposes.            

The Wausau School District has 13 Elementary Schools (PK-5), two Middle Schools and two High Schools. At the Elementary level there are 178 ESL Certified, ESL Kindergarten or ELL/Mainstream teachers. Middle School has 11 ESL Certified or ESL/Mainstream Teachers and at the High School level there are 11 ESL Certified or ESL/Mainstream teachers.