English Learners

  • Comprehensive English Learner District Plan
    Each LEA in Alabama must develop and implement a Comprehensive EL District Plan, in accordance with Section 3116 of Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act of`2001, for serving students who are limited-English proficient and immigrant students, where one or more students are determined to need support. The LEA is required to have a Comprehensive EL District Plan whether or not the LEA currently has ELs enrolled and regardless of Title III eligibility. 

    The Comprehensive EL District Plan should address each aspect of the LEA’s program for all ELs, at all grade levels, and in all schools in the school system.  The Comprehensive EL District Plan should contain sufficient detail and specificity so that each staff person can understand how the plan is to be implemented and should contain the procedural guidance and forms used to carry out responsibilities under the plan.

    To facilitate LEA compliance and the Alabama State Department of Education (SDE) review of the plan, LEAs will develop the Comprehensive EL District Plan using the template included at the end of the checklist. LEAs are encouraged to use the
    EL Policy and Procedures Manual when developing and revising the plan for a clear understanding of the requirements for serving ELs. The EL Policy and Procedures Manual was developed by the Alabama State Department of Education and is available for downloading at www.alex.state.al.us/ell/

    The Muscle Shoals City School System recognizes the difficulty of students who find themselves speaking a native language while they are living and being educated in another.  It is our desire to meet those specific language needs to the highest degree achievable for each student.  As students are identified in need of English Learner (EL) assistance, immediate action will be taken to ensure the successful bridging of languages and the subsequent education of the student.

    We are committed to providing all students equal opportunity to benefit from educational programs and services as well as to supporting scientifically research-based and effective appropriate programs, practices, training, and accountability so that all students can become proficient in English and can achieve the state’s academic content and student academic achievement standards.

    The goals of the Muscle Shoals City Schools English Learner (EL) Program are as follows:

    • To identify students with limited-English proficiency
    • To help these students develop English proficiency
    • To help these students effectively participate in the total academic program of the school
    • To help these students meet their highest academic potential

    Click here to access the district EL Plan.