​​MISSION

Blue Valley Schools English Language Learners program provides instruction for English language acquisition, so students can succeed in academic content, and adapt socially and culturally.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Blue Valley Schools is committed to providing quality educational services to English Language Learners (ELLs), enabling them to make a smooth transition to American culture and schooling. All ESOL classes are taught by highly qualified ESOL teachers. Program objectives include:

  • Teaching English language skills, which include listening, speaking, reading and writing;
  • Assisting in students' social and cultural adjustment, so they can be involved in school and community activities;
  • Providing students with opportunities to experience and practice the English language;
  • Communicating regularly with the general education classroom teachers to monitor students' progress, to suggest teaching strategies, and to discuss cultural adjustment; and
  • Acting as a liaison between home and school to help ensure the ESOL students' academic success.

PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT

Students who speak a language other than English are given the Idea Proficiency Test that assesses English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. If the student scores Non English or Limited English (s)he will qualify for ESOL instruction.

KANSAS ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENT

Each spring, ELLs English skills are assessed with the KELPA. State guidelines recommend that ELLs score proficient in all four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing) for two consecutive years before they may exit the program. Once the ELL exits the program, his or her academic progress is monitored for two years.

ESOL PROGRAM

English language learners (ELLs) attend ESOL center schools all day​ and participate in a regular classroom with a general education teacher. Elementary ELLs are "pulled out" of their regular education class to work on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students are taught in small groups in the ESOL classroom.

Middle and High School ELLs are enrolled in one or more ESOL class periods each day. The curriculum includes instruction in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Other areas in the ESOL curriculum include familiarizing the student with the American school environment and culture.

All ESOL teachers in Blue Valley are highly qualified and ESOL licensed.

If the ESOL center school is not the student's home school, the Blue Valley School District will provide transportation to and from the student's home to the ESOL center school. Kindergarten ELLs attend the full day kindergarten program.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LOCATIONS

Cedar Hills Elementary
(913) 239-3300
9100 West 165th Street
Overland Park, KS 66085
Serving: Cedar Hills, Timber Creek and Wolf Springs

Heartland Elementary
(913) 239-6300
12775 Goodman
Overland Park, KS 66213
Serving: Heartland and Harmony

Liberty View Elementary
(913) 239-7700
14800 South Greenwood Street
Olathe, KS 66062
Serving: Liberty View and Morse 

Overland Trail Elementary
(913) 239-7000
6225 West 133rd Street
Overland Park, KS 66209
Serving: Overland Trail

Sunset Ridge Elementary
(913) 239-7400
14901 England
Overland Park, KS 66221
Serving: Sunset Ridge and Lakewood

Cottonwood Point Elementary
(913) 239-6100​
10521 West 129th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
Serving: Cottonwood Point

Indian Valley Elementary
(913) 239-6400
11600 Knox
Overland Park, KS 66210
Serving: Indian Valley

Oak Hill Elementary
(913) 239-6900
10200 West 124th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
Serving: Oak Hill

Sunrise Point Elementary
(913) 239-7500
15800 Roe Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66224
Serving: Sunrise Point, Stanley, Prairie Star, Blue River ​and Stilwell

Valley Park Elementary
(913) 239-7600
12300 Lamar
Overland Park, KS 66209
Serving: Valley Park, Leawood and Mission Trail

MIDDLE SCHOOL LOCATIONS

Blue Valley Middle
(913) 239-5100
5001 West 163rd Terrace
Overland Park, KS 66085
Serving: Blue Valley Middle and Prairie Star

Overland Trail Middle
(913) 239-5400
6201 West 133rd Street
Overland Park, KS 66209
Serving: Overland Trail and Leawood

Lakewood Middle
(913) 239-5800
6601 Edgewater Drive
Overland Park, KS 66223
Serving: Lakewood, Aubry Bend and Pleasant Ridge

Oxford Middle
(913) 239-5500
12500 Switzer
Overland Park, KS 66213
Serving: Oxford and Harmony

HIGH SCHOOL LOCATIONS

Blue Valley North
(913) 239-3000
12200 Lamar
Overland Park, KS 66209
Serving: Blue Valley North

Blue Valley West
(913) 239-3700
16200 Antioch Road
Stilwell, KS 66085
Serving: Blue Valley West, Blue Valley Southwest and Blue Valley High

Blue Valley Northwest
(913) 239-3400
13260 Switzer
Overland Park, KS 66213
Serving: Blue Valley Northwest

ESOL REGISTRATION

  1. Parents of new students in the Blue Valley School District must complete the language questionnaire at their neighborhood school office.
  2. If a student responds to any language question with a language other than English, please contact the ESOL office at (913) 624-2890 to schedule an appointment to assess the student's English language proficiency.
  3. An English assessment is given to determine if a student qualifies for the ESOL program. The assessment also assists in ESOL center school placement, grade level placement and appropriate course selections at the middle and high school levels.
  4. Parents must complete the registration forms obtained at the school where the student will attend.
  5. Interpreters are available to assist with communication between school personnel and families, if necessary. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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