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English Learners
The mission of the Burlington School District English Learner (EL) program is to provide instruction to ensure that ELs gain the linguistic, social and academic skills they need as members of the Burlington school community.

Our vision is that all students learn in a school community that values its multicultural and multilingual student body. ELs access a rigorous academic curriculum and receive support to learn English and achieve at school. We view our students as emergent bilinguals; that is, we encourage students to maintain and even strengthen their primary language(s) while learning English. Current and former ELs are productive members of the Burlington community.

The school district currently provides EL services to more than 500 students. More than 900 BSD students come from homes where English is not the primary language. This program previously was called ELL--English Language Learner program--but new federal guidelines under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) now refers to students as English Learners, or ELs. Our current program reflects that change at the federal level.
Executive Order Help
The refugee community has been struggling to understand the consequences of the most recent executive order restricting travel for certain communities. The Refugee Center Online has created an informational site that has been translated in 16 languages.

The organization also provides links to non-profit organizations that can answer questions or assist in difficult times.
2015-16 Languages in BSD

Through the end of January, Burlington School District welcomed 151 new English Learners into its schools. More than 50% of these students were Nepali-speaking Bhutanese. 105 students were new to the district, and the others transferred in from other U.S. schools.

Announcement Archives

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to see earlier announcements from our department.
Learning about Report Cards

More than 100 parents and students attended a Family Friendly Report Card meeting on January 18 at Sustainability Academy.

The meeting was to explain and distribute a version of the BHS report card that was developed to help multilingual families and students understand students' progress toward college and career readiness.

New Welcome Symbol
The following is a message from the International Club at BHS:

The recent national election brought fear to many immigrant families in Vermont. With
the increase in anti-immigrant rhetoric, new Americans - refugees, immigrants, and
asylum seekers were distressed about their future in Burlington, Vermont, and the United
States. What was going to happen to them? Would they be safe in America? Would they
have to leave? Driven by the real fear she witnessed in her pediatric practice, Dr Andrea
Green reached out to Burlington High School to see if she could support the students in
feeling safe and welcome. The students of the International Club of Burlington High School were also worried and wanted to do something. The students met together with Dr. Green to talk about these fears and ways to communicate that Vermont is a place where all are welcome. During these meetings and the design process the students strengthened their voice and power to stand up against hurtful rhetoric. They were able to share how Burlington has been a welcoming community. Something they wanted to make visible to all.
Immigration numbers
The following are the final numbers for Refugee Resettlement for the 2015-2016 fiscal year:
+ Ehtesham-Cating, Miriam
+ Semic, Nijaza
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