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  • Update as of 3/30/2020:

    Message from Dr. Baughn,


    Dear Parents, Teachers, Staff and Students,


    With the announcement from Governor Wolf regarding the indefinite closure of schools. The Chester Upland School district has been planning and will be implementing remote schooling for our teachers and students in the coming days. Please continue to monitor the website for further instruction and information. Continue to Stay safe!


    Mensaje del Dr. Baughn,


    Estimados padres, maestros, personal y estudiantes,


    Con el anuncio del gobernador Wolf sobre el cierre indefinido de las escuelas . El distrito escolar de Chester Upland ha estado planeando e implementará educación remota para nuestros maestros y estudiantes en los próximos días. Continúe monitoreando el sitio web para obtener más instrucciones e información. Continuar para mantenerse a salvo!




    There will be a Special Meeting of the Public to determine the disposition of the C.H.A.P. Charter School application. This will be a virtual meeting using Zoom (info to join below). It will start at 3:00 pm on Monday, April 6, 2020. Meeting protocol will be explained at beginning of meeting. 

    To join: https://Zoom.us/j/2430528628. You will have to download the Zoom app on Your computer or phone.

    Chester Upland School District

    Gregory Thornton, Interim Receiver





    Habrá una reunión especial del público para determinar la disposición del C.H.A.P. Solicitud de la escuela charter. Esta será una reunión virtual usando Zoom (información para unirse a continuación). Comenzará a las 3:00 pm el lunes 6 de abril de 2020. El protocolo de la reunión se explicará al comienzo de la reunión.

    Para unirse: https://Zoom.us/j/2430528628. Tendrá que descargar la aplicación Zoom en su computadora o teléfono.

    Distrito escolar de Chester Upland

    Gregory Thornton, receptor interino


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English Language Learners

English Language Learners [ELL] Mission

(CUSD) aspires to meet the educational needs of all students through partnerships and collaborative planning with families, staff, public and private agencies, with the commitment to every student’s intellectual, physical emotional and social development. For this mission, we recognize our obligation to promote teaching and learning which acknowledges and appreciates the cultural and linguistic diversity of all Chester-Upland School District students and their families. The District is committed to providing academic and social emotional support to its Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. Through this commitment, the District will foster an educational environment whereby, LEP students develop skills using the native language as necessary to support the acquisition of academic content, while they are developing their English language proficiency.



Parents of students entering the District complete a Home Language Survey (HLS), as part of the registration process. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) requires that school districts identify limited English proficient (LEP) students in order to provide appropriate language instructional programs for them. Pennsylvania has selected the Home Language Survey as the method for the identification.


English Language Assessment

The District is responsible for assessing each potential ELL student for English language proficiency.
LEP students are assessed using the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT). The W-APT is an English language proficiency "screener" test given to incoming students who may be designated as ELLs. It assists educators with programmatic placement decisions such as identification and placement of ELLs. W-APT test items are written from the model performance indicators of WIDA's five English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards:

  • Social & Instructional Language
  • Language of Language Arts
  • Language of Mathematics
  • Language of Science
  • Language of Social Studies
  • Students are assessed annually via the Access for ELLs standardized test with respect to their progress in developing fluency in English.


Pennsylvania English Language Proficiency Standards

The PA English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPs) provide a framework for standards-based instructional and assessment planning for ELLs so that they may attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet. Click here to download the PA English Language Proficiency Standards.


Placement into the ELL Program

Designated ELLs are provided with services at three main school sites: Main Street Elementary (K- 5), Toby Farms Intermediate (6-8) and Chester High School (9-12). All eligible students regardless of placement must be provided with required services.


Contact Information

Chester Upland School District
232 W. 9th Street
Chester, PA 19013


Nikki Monroe-Hines
Director of Federal Programs
Phone: 610-447-3618
Email: nmonroe-hines@chesteruplandsd.org