Instructional Guidelines & Staffing

The guidelines below provide a baseline for designing programming for English Learners (ELs) in Albemarle County. Administrators and teachers may alter these to meet the unique needs of their school’s population. All instruction should focus on meeting and exceeding the WIDA English Language Development Standards and our ACPS EL Curriculum​, and utilizing students’ background knowledge in their native language as assets for acquiring English. These standards should also guide instruction provided by classroom teachers who work with ELs. Ratios provided in these documents are not exact ratios of teachers to students, but rather a starting point for considering staffing needs to support students at different levels of English language proficiency.

​​International & EL Welcome Center / Department of Student Learning​