Empowering All Students for Success

Canal Winchester

Local Schools

English Language Learners

English Language Learners

Here you will find useful program information and links for helpful resources.

English language learners (ELLs) are students who cannot communicate fluently or learn effectively in English. They need specialized instruction and support to develop the English skills required to successfully work at grade level expectations. ELLs often come from non-English speaking homes and backgrounds.

Please note these students may be referred to as English Language Learners (ELLs), English Learners (ELs) or Limited English Proficient (LEP). All three titles mean the same. 

Ohio Department of Education Guidelines for Identification and Assessment of Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students – English Learners

The Ohio Department of Education defines a student who is an English learner as one who has a primary or home language other than English and needs special language assistance to effectively participate in school.

Ohio’s public school districts are required to identify and serve ELLs. The process begins with a home language survey which is included in all new student’s registration paperwork. Students with a second language in their homes are then screened by a certified ELL teacher. This assessment identifies a student’s level of English proficiency to determine if the student qualifies for service as an English learner.

Canal Winchester Local Schools English Language Learners (ELL) Program

The Canal Winchester Local School District’s ELL program has multiple elements to help ensure the success of our English Language Learners and provide meaningful access to district educational programs. Our ELL program focuses on the four foundational skills of language learning:





An identified ELL student will receive services based on their initial assessment given by a certified ELL teacher and later skill development. These services may include:

=      Pull-out from classes to receive direct English instruction

=      Periodic push-in to classes for language support

=      Classroom immersion with check-ins from the ELL teacher

Certified ELL teachers also work with classroom teachers to create learning environments based on the Principles of Second Language Development. Classrooms that support the acquisition of English skills.

=      Foster friendships among ELL students and their peers/teachers

=      Promote cooperative learning activities

=      Arrange for peer study partners

=      Use language skills and cultural knowledge of LEP students as resources in the classroom

=      Provide learning setting in which students feel at ease

=      Provide plenty of opportunities for students to read literature that is age appropriate

Each student is evaluated by a team of academic professionals and services will be customized to best meet the needs of the student which could include a combination of supports.

Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA)

Ohio’s Department of Education requires the annual Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA). The OELPA is given to all K-12 ELLs each spring. 

The OELPA monitors an ELL’s progress in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Performance levels for these four language skills, with potential district interventions, are:

  • Level 1 = Beginning 
  • Level 2 = Early Intermediate
  • Level 3 = Intermediate 
  • Level 4 = Early Advanced 
  • Level 5 = Advanced 
  • (Exit program, if scored in all four skill areas)

The OELPA scores from the four foundational skills are combined into an overall proficiency rating. These levels are:

  • Emerging 
  • Progressing 
  • Proficient 

A combination of 4’s and 5’s in speaking, listening, reading, and writing

See the below for important links and parent resources!


Ohio Department of Education English Language Learners Resources

Parent Resources:

  • PowerSchool      Keep track of grades https://ps-cw.metasolutions.net/public/home.html
  • ESLreadingsmart http://welcome.eslreadingsmart.com  Program used at the upper elementary to high school grades to support language learning. 
  • LEXIA (reading program) h  ttps://www.lexialearning.comProgram used at the elementary levels to help support literacy. 
  • Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Program used at the elementary levels to help support literacy. 
  • Canal Winchester Public Library https://www.columbuslibrary.org/locations/Canal%20Winchester Offers homework help after school and friendly staff to help with language support. 
  • Google Translate https://translate.google.com/

                Translation Program 

English Language Learner Program Contacts:

Mrs. Jody Clemens – [email protected]: Grades 1-2 – Indian Trail Elementary (614) 833-2154

Ms. Shauntiel Qualls – [email protected]:  Grades 3-5 – Winchester Trail Elementary (614) 833-2150

Ms. Haley Moore - [email protected]: Grades 3-5 – Winchester Trail Elementary (614) 833-2150 and Grades 9-12 – Canal Winchester High School (614) 833-2157
Ms. Dana Rhyand - [email protected]: Grades 6-8 – Canal Winchester Middle School (614) 833-2151
Ms. Ally Anderson - [email protected]: Grades 9-12 – Canal Winchester High School (614) 833-2157

Mr. Craig Lautenschlager – [email protected]: Curriculum Director, Elementary/ELL Coordinator (614) 837-4533

Ms. Jody Daniels – [email protected]: Administrative Assistant, Curriculum Department (614) 837-4533

Education Center – (614) 833-2172
© 2023. Canal Winchester Local Schools. All Rights Reserved.
View text-based website