Language and Culture

Kindergarten Information Night for Multilingual Families – February 28

We invite all multilingual families to the District 54 Professional Learning Center (522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL 60194) at 6 p.m. on February 28. Information will be shared about how to prepare your student for the English Proficiency Assessment and about the support that District 54 provides to multilingual learners. We will answer any questions you may have about the assessment process as well as District 54 Dual Language and English Resource Programs.

Multicultural Event – March 2

Join District 54 in partnership with the Schaumburg Park District for our annual Multicultural Event! Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of fun as we highlight the diversity in our community through student performances, crafts, games, activities and food from around the world. Performances include dances, musical acts and more. Crafts, games and activities will be run by District 54 parents and families; food will be available for purchase by local restaurants. This is a wonderful way to honor so many different cultures under one roof! The event is from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the Schaumburg Park District Community Recreation Center (505 N Springinsguth Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194). 

Spanish Speech Contest

District 54 is excited to announce its 12th annual Spanish Language Speech Contest on May 2, 2024 for students in third through eighth grade. Students who are interested in participating should prepare a written speech and submit it with an application and a video of them delivering the speech by March 15. The finalists will be notified via mail the week of April 8. For more information or to submit an application, visit our District 54 Spanish Speech Contest website.

Assessment, Programs and Curriculum

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.

Students that qualify for program services through an English language proficiency screening receive language support at their base school.

Students receive varying levels of language and content support based on their English proficiency level, as well as their academic and language needs. The majority of the instruction takes place in the general education classroom with push-in support from the English Learner (EL) resource teacher during guided reading or writing time. Support can also be provided through one of our Dual Language or Immersion programs.

As an English Learner, your child receives an English Language Development report each trimester.  The report is completed by your child’s EL Resource teacher and shares information regarding their progress in developing proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  The steps for viewing  your child’s report through the Parent Portal are described here: English Language Development Report video

To learn more about the English Learner Resource Program, including recordings from the most recent English Learner Kindergarten Night, visit the EL Resource Program page.

Dual Language and Immersion are programs of choice that are available for all students in District 54. Dual Language classes at the elementary level are composed of approximately 50% English or other language proficient students and 50% Spanish or Japanese-proficient students. Chinese Immersion is a one-way immersion experience where the vast majority of students have no prior experience or proficiency in the Chinese language. Dual Language and Chinese Immersion teachers and the English partner teachers foster high academic achievement by teaching the two target languages through content. These programs seek to develop academic and cultural competence and bilingualism for students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Learn more by visiting the Dual Language and Immersion Programs page.

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 Dept. of Language and Culture;
  • To provide leadership and support to families of students in the District 54 EL 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.

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