English Language Learners Enrollment and Identification

English Language Learners

See the Student & Family Support Services section for guidance on enrolling students in Fort Wayne Community Schools.

Identification of English Language Learners

Students whose Home Language Surveys indicate that they speak or have in their background a language other than English are assessed to determine their level of English proficiency:

  • Kindergarten students are assessed with the PreLAS 2000.
  • Students in grades 1-12 are assessed with the LAS Links Placement Test.

Students at English proficiency levels 1-4 qualify for ELL services in one of 30 FWCS schools. Students who attend or live within the boundaries of a school that does not offer an ELL program are encouraged to attend the appropriate ELL school based on their address.

To determine which school your ELL student should attend, please see the FWCS Street Address Lookup or contact Student Services at 260.467.2120.

ELL students’ level of English proficiency is assessed annually with the LAS Links English Language Proficiency Assessment. Students are reclassified as Fluent English Proficient when they reach an overall level of proficiency of 5. They are exited from the ELL program and finished with annual testing when they reach an overall level 5 two years in a row.