In 2013, WCSD received state funding for a two-year pilot program to provide increased support to schools with high percentages of English Language Learner (ELL) students. The seven Zoom Schools include Anderson, Mathews, Corbett, Duncan, Loder, Sun Valley, and Veterans Memorial elementary schools. Approximately 650 students at these schools are attending a five-week summer session designed to provide additional support to achieve their academic goals.
“Our goal is to help all of our students read at grade level by the time they reach third grade, and it is essential that we provide early assistance to ELL students,” said WCSD Superintendent Pedro Martinez. “We are grateful to Governor Sandoval and the 2013 state legislators for approving the funding for this pilot program. For the first time in our state’s history, we are making a significant investment in the early development of our ELL students.”
“The Zoom Schools initiative is helping our ELL students gain the skills they will need to graduate on time, ready for college and highly-skilled careers,” said Debra Biersdorff, area superintendent for Acceleration Zone schools. “The seven Zoom Schools in our District are committed to improving student achievement by fostering a rich learning environment for all students, and the Summer Academy program is an important part of that ongoing effort.”Schools were selected to participate in the Zoom School pilot program if: 50 percent or more of their student population was comprised of ELL students; they earned one, two, or three stars on the State Performance Framework; and they were included in WCSD’s Acceleration Zone of schools, consisting of lower-performing schools identified for increased intervention. During the traditional school year, Zoom Schools offer pre-kindergarten classes, full-day kindergarten, reading skills programs, and intersession study programs.
The Zoom School summer session began June 23 and will continue through July 25.
From the Washoe County School District