Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
In District 69:
- Our top three languages include: Assyrian/Arabic (29.3%), Urdu (19.5%), and Spanish (17%)
- Approximately 25% of our student population receives EL support
- 70+ languages are spoken in the homes of our students
When students are registered for school in District 69, parents complete a Home Language Survey. Students who have a language other than, or in addition to, English spoken at home, as indicated on the Home Language Survey, are screened by the EL staff using the Pre-IPT (PreK Students Only), MODEL (K Students Only), or WIDA MODEL (Grades 1st-8th).
Parents of students eligible for EL service will be notified by letter of their child’s eligibility and the EL program they will receive. If there are questions about the assessment results or the services offered, parents are encouraged to contact the EL staff at their child’s building.
At any time, a parent may decline EL services offered to their child. Parents must indicate this request in writing to their child’s EL teacher and then a face-to-face meeting with the EL Director.
Students who are eligible for service, but who do not receive service per a parental request, must continue to take ACCESS annually until they earn a 4.8 composite, per the Illinois State Board of Education.We aspire to establish a community that supports the academic and social-emotional development of culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC)
What is a Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC)?
A BPAC is a committee that meets at least four times per school year, and consists of bilingual program parents, legal guardians of EL students, EL teachers, counselors, other school personnel and/or EL community leaders. A BPAC is required for public school districts that have a Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) program.
A majority of the members of District 69's BPAC are parents/guardians of multilingual children. Membership is representative of the languages served by the District, including Urdu, Spanish and Arabic/Assyrian. This BPAC meets to discuss the District's bilingual service plan and review funding, and support parent involvement and operations of the D69 EL community. There are roles of officers in the BPAC who are also members of our Community Schools program.