807 East Avenue South | La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 | 608.789.7600

English Language Learners


English Language Learners Program –

Grades PK-12


The English Language Learner (ELL) Program in the School District of La Crosse offers instructional service for students learning English as a second language.

English language instruction/support is offered to approximately 400 ELL’s in an “In-the-Mainstream” ELL program. Students receiving services through the ELL In-the-Mainstream program generally range from level 1 (entering) to level 5 (bridging) in English language proficiency. This ELL program supports students within their regular classroom environment by providing assistance through ELL Teachers and ELL Teacher Assistants. The intent of this assistance is to provide modified content instruction as necessary, with special emphasis on vocabulary and concept acquisition.

Our ELL staff is composed of well-qualified, certified ESL teachers who possess a common commitment to children. We count ourselves fortunate to serve children representing approximately 12 different primary languages. The cultural wealth these children bring to our schools is greatly valued, and we consider it a joy to play a part in serving their educational needs.

(608) 789-7630



Sib ntsib dua (Farewell!)

At the end of this school year, we will be saying goodbye to some wonderful members of our ELL Teaching Team.  We wish the four ladies well and thank them for their contributions to the students of the School District of La Crosse!  (From left to right:  Abby Sacia (Hamilton/SOTAI), Karen Olson (Northside), Marla Uebele (Northside), and Yin-Chiao Slama (Southern Bluffs & Longfellow).  Pictured with them is Rob Tyvoll, Supervisor of Academic Programs).

Program/Course Offerings

The district’s ELL program is a “Content-Based ELL” program.  This model supports “Push In,” and “Intervention” approaches to meeting ELL student needs.  The ELL program serves students in all district elementary, middle, and high school buildings.

Mainstream ELL Program

  • Direct Support Programs in all schools
  • Serving 335 students

         240 El.

         57 MS

        38 HS students

  • 15 active second language groups served: Hmong, Spanish, Mandarin, Laotian, Vietnamese, Bulgarian, Russian, Telugu (Indian), Thai, Urdu (Pakistan), Albanian, Romanian, Hindi (Indian), Khmer (Cambodia), Amharic (Ethiopia)
  • Supported by 12 ELL Teachers

        (6 Bilingual) – Supported by 11.5 Teacher Assist.

        (8.5 bilingual)


 ELL Population Trend

English Language

Learners (ELL)


Rob Tyvoll
Supervisor of Academic Programs and Staff Development

Gretchen Johnson
Instructional Administrative Assistant


Helpful Links & Resources

WIDA: ACCESS Test Administration and ELL Guidance


School District of La Crosse ELL Best Practices Handbook

ELL Handbook 2015

Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol: Tools for the Classroom




Elementary ELL PlanningMiddle School ELL PlanningHigh School ELL PlanningSchool District LiveBinders

ELL Science Adventures

ELL Science Adventures Conference