ENL (English Language Learners)

August 9, 2018 at 09:02

Ellen Rogers

ENL Department

Department Chairperson

Julie Barthel

317-259-5301 Ext 45534



Department Faculty

Janet Eichenberger

Heidi Hoopingarner

Liz Marcello  

Kelley Elliott

Dana VanDeuren

Traci Vermilion


The ENL department includes

  • 4 full time teachers
  • 1 part-time teacher
  • 1 Reading Specialist/Bridge Coordinator/SIOP Coordinator
  • 1 Family Liaison
  • 1 Hispanic Family Liaison
  • 13 IAs assisting in SIOP Classes
  • 3 full-time translators


Department Information

Course offered in the ENL department:

(Placement in these courses is based on a student’s scores on the annual, standardized- WIDA assessment.)

ENL 1/2 (two credits each semester)

ENL 3/4 (one credit each semester)

ENL 5/6  (one credit each semester)

ENL Reading 1/2 (one credit each semester)

Newcomers Class  (three credits per semester)


Basic Math to help build math skills and readiness for Algebra; for students arriving with gaps in their education.


Sheltered courses (SIOP, Sheltered Instruction Observational Protocol) are offered in English, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science. Sheltered course are adapted, not modified, content courses that are for ENL students only. Sheltered English 9/10 should be taken with either ENL 3/4 or 5/6. Students will receive Core 40 credits for sheltered courses.


Summer School offerings include ENL classes and Pre-Algebra Math Readiness.


Unique Features and Opportunities:

  • Meeting and mingling with students from all over the world
  • Daily exposure to multiple languages
  • Bridge Program for Advanced Language Learners and those out of services. Students apply for the program at the end of 8th grade. Four Bridge Homerooms meet weekly. Students receive academic and college readiness mentoring, college tours, and community service opportunities.
  • Sheltered courses are small and have the added help of an Instructional Assistant
  • Freshman ENL students are placed in the Learning Center Study Hall so that they can access tutoring help during their study hall time. Older ENL students may come to the Learning Center during study hall time when they would like tutoring help.
  • Butler University Partnership with NCHS ENL Department. Butler tutors work weekly in SIOP classes offering students additional one-on-one instruction.
  • Community Partnerships with LaPlaza and ILI—offer college readiness and community service
  • Department Sponsored Scholarships for ENL students:
    • Theresa Young Memorial Scholarship
    • Daniel Chavez Spirit of Bridge Award
  • End of Year ENL Family Celebration—District-wide
  • Sponsored Project Einstein 2010-2012—“Telling the Burmese Refuge Story”
  • Summer College Boot Camp to Visit Colleges



North Central ENL classes are offered at North Central High School.

Each ENL classroom has a mobile cart with access to 30 laptop computers.

Each classroom has an interactive projection device.

Teachers use many computer software applications that allow for differentiated instruction.

Wireless Internet access in every classroom.

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