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Bishop

Elementary school

English Learners, EL

The goal of the English Learner program in the Rochester Public Schools is to assist students in achieving Academic English Language proficiency in order to be successful learners in the classroom.


Elementary EL students receive language instruction at their elementary schools from a licensed EL teacher. Students receive services based on their language level, which is provided from the W-APT or the ACCESS for ELs 2.0 assessment.  Students may receive instruction through a combination of services, such as a co-teaching model, pull-out setting for small group instruction or individual language instruction. The time provided for each student depends on the needs of the student and the type of services provided. The service time typically ranges from 30 minutes to an hour of EL instruction. EL teachers focus on developing academic language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The instruction is aligned to the state English Language Arts standards and the WIDA English Language Development Standards.  EL teachers communicate regularly with mainstream classroom teachers regarding student progress.

Meet our English Learner teacher:

Tracey McGuire
Email:   TRMCGUIRE@rochester.k12.mn.us
Phone: (507) 328-3100

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