Bilingual and ESL Program
Our program supports students and parents who speak a language other than English. Our students come from approximately 50 different language backgrounds.
The Kalamazoo Public Schools Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) Program provides English as a Second Language Instruction and Bilingual/ESL content support. KPS also has a dual-language immersion program (Spanish and English) located at El Sol Elementary School.
In order to maximize services, several bilingual centers with full-time staff have been established. Students who need bilingual services and support are encouraged to attend one of the centers. Services are provided at non-center schools on a limited as-needed basis.
Goals of the Bilingual and ESL Program
- To enable students to become proficient in English.
- To enable students to achieve at grade level in content area instruction.
- To help improve the self-concept of students.
- To increase parental involvement.
- To increase the effectiveness of all mainstream teachers and other staff when working with English Language Learners.
- To increase awareness and understanding of language acquisition and the strategies that support the learning of ELLs.
Concern or Complaint Regarding an English Learner
Kalamazoo Public Schools offers services to students who are English Learners. Assessments are provided to determine the level of services required and to monitor student progress in English proficiency. There are ten Language Support Centers where services are provided to English Learners. Please contact the Coordinator of Bilingual Education, ESL, and World Languages for further information at (269) 337-1579.
Concerns or complaints regarding services for English Learners will be promptly investigated. The concern or complaint should be brought to the teacher’s attention first whenever possible. If the concern or complaint is not handled at this level, then the building principal should be notified. If the concern or complaint is not handled or resolved at the building level, then the Coordinator of Bilingual Education, ESL, and World Languages should be contacted at (269) 337-1579.
If you need assistance, but you do not speak English, please contact the Coordinator of Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language (ESL), and World Languages at (269) 337-1579.
1220 Howard St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: (269) 337-1579
Wessam Abdelaziz, Coordinator of English as Second Language, World Languages and Bilingual Services
Rebeca Arevalo-Visuet, Home-School Liaison
Susan Beechler, ESL Specialist
Sarah Joshi, Lead Secretary