English Language Learners (ELL)

English Language Learners (ELLs) participate fully in the Kelso School District curriculum through language and academic support from highly-qualified ELL staff members. Upon registration, students who first spoke a language other than English are given the Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA) to determine their initial language proficiency level. The District provides ELLs with varying levels of support based on their language proficiency level and grade level.

Interpretive Services

Your child’s school should communicate with you—in your language—about your child’s education. This often includes translated documents and a language interpreter for meetings and conversations. You have the right to these services even if you speak some English and even if your child can speak or read in English.

The school should communicate with you in your language about important information and opportunities for your child. This includes information about:

  • Registration and enrollment in school
  • Grades, academic standards, and graduation
  • School rules and student discipline
  • Attendance, absences, and withdrawal
  • Parent permission for activities or programs
  • School closures
  • Opportunities to access programs or services—including highly capable, advanced placement, and English language learner programs
  • Special education and services for students with disabilities

For Interpretive Support:  Please contact Lori Paul
email:  lori.paul@kelsosd.org
phone:  (360) 501-1939   

                                         Maria Rodriguez      Spanish Support       m.rodriguez@kelsosd.org  
                                         Anter Sasuo      Chuukese Support     anter.sasuo@kelsosd.org

Translation Services Available to Staff, Parents, Students can be found here   
Interpretation and Translation Services  
Servicios de interpretación y traducción
Jibañ ko ikijien Ukok ilo Kōnono im Jeje


Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC)

We want to hear from you! Please consider joining our Parent Committee and let’s make our ELL program even better!

The Kelso School District has established a Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC).  The purpose of this committee is to hear from the parents of our bilingual students and provide opportunities to discuss and provide input on the ELL program.

The Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee meetings are scheduled three times during the year.  The team will create goals, identify student and parent needs, discusses ELL programs and review the district’s annual ELL grant application.

During the 2017-2018 school year, the 3 scheduled meetings are as follows:


October 24th, 5:00-6:00 @ District Office Board Room, 601 Crawford St

May 17th, 5:00-6:00 @ District Office Board Room, 601 Crawford St

June 5th, 5:00-6:00 @ District Office Board Room, 601 Crawford St

ELL Student Advocate

An ELL transitional student liaison advocate is a school employee whose job is to help reduce barriers to students ability to participate successfully in school. Families and students may contact the district ELL transitional student Liaison advocate directly by using the phone number or email listed here; tammy.trafelet@kelsosd.org or at 360.501.1689.

For more information on the supports available, please click the link here for more information.
Kelso High School Project

Watch KHS ELL students utilize Talk*Write**Learn with David Irwin; the founder and owner of Language Development Opportunities.  strategies.   TWL is a dynamic lesson model that engages students with academic conversation and writing skills within the same lesson. 




There are about 100,000 English language learners (ELLs) in Washington — 9 percent of our total K-12 student population. Because knowing and using English well is necessary for success in school, it is important that students who need additional help learning English get it.

Washington has joined a group of 11 states to develop an assessment system to address their needs. The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) is a system based on the new English Language Proficiency Standards our state recently adopted. The new tests will measure the language proficiency of ELLs as they progress through their K-12 education and achieve college and career readiness.

           A Family's Guide to ELPA21 - The English Language Proficiency              Assessment for the 21st Century Spanish 

         ELPA 21 Assessment

Washington English Language Standards

The new ELP standards highlight the critical language, knowledge about language, and skills using language that are in college-and-career-ready standards and that are necessary for English language learners (ELLs) to be successful in schools. The standards also include correspondences to the Practices and Standards identified in the Common Core State Standards and in the Next Generation Science Standards.

Grade Level Standards

Contact Us



Kelso School District • 601 Crawford Street • Kelso, WA 98626 • Phone: (360) 501-1900

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Kelso School District #458 complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Tim Peterson, Director of Human Resources, the school district's Title VII Officer and ADA Coordinator. People of disability may request reasonable accommodation in the hiring process by contacting, Tim Peterson, Director of Human Resources, 601 Crawford Street, Kelso, WA 98626 or (360) 501-1924.

Inquiries regarding compliance procedures regarding students may be directed to Don Iverson, Director of Student Services, the school district’s Title IX Coordinator or Denise Freund, Director of Special Programs, the school district’s Section 504 Coordinator, 601 Crawford Street, Kelso, WA 98626 (360) 501-1900.