English Learners & Bilingual Education


English Language Learners

The Appleton Area School District serves approximately 1,640 students in its English Learning (EL) program. Currently, there are over 55 different languages spoken in our schools with the majority of the non-English speaking students being Hmong and Spanish.

The EL program works directly with students at thirteen elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools.

At all grade levels, the program utilizes a variety of instructional approaches to teaching English. Students may receive more intensive, small group instruction with their EL teacher in their classroom or through pull-out services. These services will focus on the development of English through content area instruction. Particular attention is paid to the development of academic literacy skills in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

At the middle school and high school levels, some students also receive instruction in science, social studies, and math in a sheltered class environment where the instructor adapts traditional approaches to teaching and incorporates methods to support English learners.

Our bilingual staff also provides important native language support to students in order to enhance academic progress as students learn English. We have about 40 teachers (some full-time, a few part-time) and about 35 interpreters, K-12.

Participation in the program is voluntary and requires parent or guardian permission. Students are assessed annually to determine their progress in the English language. Their exit from the program is dependent upon the results of the language assessments and classroom performance.

Partial funding for the EL and Bilingual Education program comes from Federal and State funding sources. The Federal government also offers additional funding for English Language Learners under Title III. The District has applied for and received these funds in order to supplement its local program.

Mission Statement

The mission of the EL Program is to provide high-quality instruction that enables students to attain English language proficiency, develop high levels of academic achievement, and meet the same challenging state academic standards that all children are expected to meet.

As an EL Department, we are collectively committed to ensuring all English Learners…

  • Achieve English proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in order to communicate and synthesize information effectively.
  • Integrate newly acquired language skills into content subjects and areas outside of the EL/bilingual setting.
  • Maintain, develop, and value their native language literacy, skills, and culture. 
  • Build awareness of and bridge toward the cultural norms and expectations of the American educational system.  


Amy Swick
CSI Coordinator of EL/Bilingual Education
(920) 832-1729
Julie Schoenbohm
EL Secretary
(920) 832-6157 Ext. 2182
Nadia Zaatrah
EL ACCESS Testing Information
(920) 832-6157 Ext. 2184