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Multilingual Learners

Multilingual Learners (MLL) Program


We are a diverse school district serving students who speak more than 75 different languages at home, with approximately 28% of our students qualifying for free/reduced lunch K-12.  While our MLL program comprises 7.5% of our district population, nearly 20% of our students speak a different language at home.  Currently, our top languages are Spanish, Amharic, Korean, Vietnamese, and Tigrinya.  We value each student’s native language and culture and the richness this diversity brings our school community.  Because of our large variety of languages, Shoreline’s MLL program uses English as the language of instruction.


The Shoreline School District offers a Multilingual Learner (MLL) program for students of limited English proficiency. The primary purpose of the MLL program is to provide students with an educational environment that gives them the best opportunity for success. The district’s K-12 program is designed to develop competency in English as rapidly as possible in order to provide a language base for the regular curriculum. The program focuses on developing oral proficiency with the integration of reading and writing as the student progresses through the various stages involved in learning a new language.

Eligibility for the MLL program is determined by a student’s score on the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the WIDA Screener upon entry into school.  Students who score as Emerging or Progressing qualify for MLL services. In accordance with state law, students exit from the MLL program when they score as Proficient on the state English language proficiency test.

Shoreline serves elementary English learners through a collaborative/co-teaching model, which may include services within the regular classroom and/or small group instruction.

Shoreline serves secondary English learners in MLL classrooms and/or through support in the content classroom.

Contact Info

You may contact us via email or phone and we will respond within 24 hours.

Ellen Kaje, Ph.D.
Director of Categorical Programs and Academic Support

Melissa Sargent
MLL/ELL Specialist

Dawn Hamid
Student Services Specialist

MLL Department Phone: 206.393.4117
MLL Department Fax: 206.393.4219

School Board Policy and Procedure

TBIP (MLL) Policy 2162

TBIP (MLL) Procedure 2162P