Students who speak languages other than English make up a small but growing group of students in the Cody schools. ELL students are identified through the Home Language Survey completed by the family when a student enrolls in our district. Those who list languages other than English as a first or home language are then tested to identify their needs. Students who qualify for assistance receive in-class and/or one-on-one support to help them acquire English language skills.
English language proficiency is assessed yearly via the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State (ACCESS) test. Once an ELL student reaches a composite proficiency level of 5 out of 6 with no sub-skill proficiency level below 4 on the ACCESS, they no longer receive active services but are required to be monitored for two years. If a former ELL student appears to be struggling academically, they may be rescreened and placed back in the ELL program, if indicated. Both Active and Monitor students must be reported to the Wyoming Department of Education annually.
During the 2015-16 school year, we are assisting students who first spoke Spanish, Gujarati, Mandarin Chinese, and German.
The State of Wyoming provides Hathaway Merit and Need-based Scholarships to all eligible Wyoming students attending Wyoming Community Colleges or the University of Wyoming. Contact your school counselor for more information.