Welcome and Assessment Center
In an effort to provide appropriate instruction for all students, the state of Illinois requires that any student who speaks a language other than English or lives in a home where a language other than English is spoken be given an English language screening assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to determine if the student qualifies for the English Learner (EL) support program.
Learn more by visiting the Assessment Center page.
English Learner Support
Support for English Learners in District 54 may be provided in two ways, either through the EL Resource Program or through one of our Dual Language or Immersion programs. For more information about how English Learners are supported in District 54 and the testing process for incoming Kindergarten students, please watch the video in your preferred language:
English Learner Support Video (English) English Learner Support Video (Spanish)
English Learner Support Video (Polish) English Learner Support Video (Japanese)
Please contact the Language and Culture Department if you need information about English Learner Support in another language different than those listed above.
Students can select Spanish as a World Language elective at the junior high level. Classes include Spanish 1 and 2, Honors Spanish 1, and Pre-AP Spanish and Japanese.
Learn more by visiting the Junior High World Language Electives page.
Multicultural Parent Advisory Council
You are invited to be a part of the Multicultural Parent Advisory Council (MPAC), a group of parents, community members and staff who work together to support students in the District 54 English Learner (EL) program and their families.
The goals of MPAC are
- To provide programmatic advice and recommendations to the Department of Language and Culture;
- To provide leadership and support to families of students in the District 54 English learner program;
- To serve as a communication link between District 54 staff and families; and
- To plan and help implement parent education and involvement activities to support teaching and learning activities of all District 54 students.