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  English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA-21) 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.


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
Sonja Cardenas
Spanish Support Services

Anter Sasuo
Chuukese Support Services

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