Limited English Proficient (LEP):
- A student who was not born in the United States and whose native tongue is a language other than English and who is incapable of performing ordinary class work in English and/or
- A student who was born in the United States of Non-English speaking parents and who is incapable of performing ordinary class work in English.
Formerly Limited English Proficient (FLEP/FEL):
- A student who is deemed English proficient and can participate meaningfully in all aspects of the district’s general education program without the use of adapted or simplified English materials; and
- A student with scores in the proficient range on state mandated tests.
The terms ELL and LEP are used interchangeably. LEP students are placed in Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) in classrooms in accordance with state and federal laws. Sheltered instruction addresses the concepts and skills as defined in the curriculum and assists students with language development. Students may participate in English Language Development (ELD) classes, if necessary.
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Last Updated on January 20, 2023