Western Dubuque Community School District
Address: 310 4th St. SW, PO Box 68 | Farley, IA 52046
Phone: (563) 744-3885
Fax: (563) 744-3093
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English Language Learners
As diversity grows within the Western Dubuque Community School District, so does our attention to meeting the needs of all learners. Our English Language Learner (ELL) program is growing every day in both practice and numbers. 
 
Western Dubuque schools are currently serving over 70 students identified as English Language Learners in five of our schools. We have active ELL programs at Western Dubuque High School, Cascade Jr. / Sr. High School, Drexler Middle School, Farley Elementary and Cascade Elementary. 
 
Our staff consists of 3 certified and trained ELL teachers as well as a team of paraprofessional translators to ensure that no matter what cultural and language barriers are in place, we can help all students learn and grow within our schools.
 

Above photo: ELL Teacher, Sarah Palmer, gives a presentation at the Iowa Culture of Learning Conference.
When new students arrive at any of our Western Dubuque schools, the family will be given a home language survey to allow us to evaluate potential placement within our ELL program. All students identified as ELL will also be assessed annually using the ELPA-21 assessment. This will allow us to monitor student learning and growth in a similar way to Iowa Assessments or other standardized measures.
 
 
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