Bilingualism & EL
Olney Charter provides bilingual, bicultural, and academically enriched dual language program designed to prepare students for the workplace, the public sphere and everywhere in between.
A bilingual hub for secondary education in the city, Olney Charter hosted 14 universities for the 2018 Philadelphia College Night In Spanish.
At Olney Charter High School, we differentiate our LIEP program based on the ELP (English Language Proficiency) levels of our English Learners (ELs). The goal of our program is to teach our students academic language and concepts along with the social language they need to live productively in their neighborhoods and future careers. The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 test is administered every year from January through March to all qualified EL students to assess their language levels. Results are available in June, and students are placed appropriately in English Language Development (ELD) classes based on the results, teacher recommendations and IEPs.
For all entering students, a Home Language Survey is given. If a language other than English is indicated, we first review student transcripts to determine whether the student requires ELD support. If this is a student’s first experience in school in the United States, the WIDA Screener is administered and students are placed appropriately in ELD classes. Parents/Guardians receive an entry letter indicating that the student qualifies for services.
Click the link below to download the EL Manual for Olney Charter and ASPIRA Schools for detailed information about our language learning program and staff.