DISTRICT ENGLISH LEARNER BACKGROUND
Warren Consolidated Schools, with 15,000 students in Kindergarten through Grade 12, is the seventh largest school district in the state of Michigan. The district serves students and families living in the cities of Warren, Sterling Heights, and Troy. As a suburb of Detroit, the community developed as families migrated to the region in search of work, a safe place to live, and other economic and social opportunities.
Warren Consolidated Schools currently educates more than 3,500 English Learner (EL) students in grades K-12. The primary languages spoken in the homes of our EL students are: Chaldean, Arabic, Bengali, Albanian, Polish, Hmong, Vietnamese, and Spanish. Overall, 52 languages are spoken in homes throughout the district. Fifty three percent of EL students were born outside of the United States (PowerSchool, 2014).
Since 1977, the school district has recognized the unique linguistic, cultural, and academic needs of its EL student population and has implemented supportive English as a Second Language (ESL) programs to meet these needs. Warren Consolidated Schools is committed to providing research-based instruction to support EL students’ development of the English language. The district’s curriculum standards are aligned with the Michigan Department of Education’s competency-based model.