1,493 new students entered Waukee Schools for the 2015-16 school year. 624 are grade 1 and above.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Mission Statement

Dedicated to optimizing individual learning and potential for success in a global community.


  • To develop socially and culturally appropriate communication skills.
  • To develop academic language for success in the content areas.
  • To take pride in their cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Equitable Access

All English language learners have opportunities for full participation in special opportunity programs (i.e. Extended Learning Program, advanced classes, reading lab,
Special Education, etc.)

Waukee ESL Program Description

The Waukee School District, in accordance with Title III, uses a variety of instructional models designed to develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and structure of the English language. ESL teaching staff works closely with classroom teachers to meet the learning needs of English Language Learners (ELL). The ESL program goals are to provide support and guidance to ELLs: 1) To develop socially and culturally appropriate communication skills, 2) To develop academic language for success in content areas, 3) To take pride in their cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Co-Teaching Teaching: ESL staff plan and teach with classroom or content area teachers. Instruction integrates ESL and content area standards as well as ESL strategies.

Pull-Out: ELLs accompany ESL staff to another classroom for a portion of the day, away from the mainstream English-only classroom to receive intensive ESL Standards based instruction.

Push-In: ESL staff member accompanies and assists the ELL with class work in the grade level or content area classroom.

Consultation: ESL teachers meet with classroom or content area teachers to provide professional development related to instructional strategies for ELLs and/or to help in planning for integrating ESL strategies into classroom/content instruction.

ESL Resource: ESL staff re- and pre-teach subject area content and provide assistance with assignments, assessments, and homework.

ESL Program Overview

Stages of ESL Programming:

  • Determination of student eligibility
  • Student actively served in ESL Program
  • Student enters transition period for up to two years during which time their academic progress is monitored by the ESL teacher but they are no longer actively receiving ESL instruction
  • Student formally exited from Waukee ESL Program and moves entirely into mainstream general education classes. (Note that each exited student is still monitored by the Department of Education for two years after exiting the Waukee ESL Program)
560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701