English Language Learners

Students whose primary language or language of the home is not English may qualify for the English Language Learning (ELL) program. We have students from a rich variety of backgrounds who speak many different languages at home. An annual language assessment must be completed to determine a need for support, and eligibility for the ELL program. Support is funded for a maximum of 5 years.

New immigrant families (permanent residents, refugees, work/study permits or diplomatic visas):
Please visit the Welcome Centre at the International Office before completing the online registration. We are located at Suite 200-814 Goldstream Avenue.
     Phone: 250-474-9818
     Email:
sookeschools@sd62.bc.ca

An intake interview and language assessment may be scheduled at the office. This information serves as a guide for programming and allows us to make a recommendation regarding type and frequency of support. We provide a welcoming environment that honours all students’ heritage, helping to ease the transition into Canadian life and culture.

If your child is transferring from a different school or district where they received ELL support, then please indicate this when you register your child at the new school. If your child’s primary language, or the language spoken in the home is not English, then please also indicate this when you register your child for school. Your child may benefit from receiving English language support even if they have been born and raised in Canada.

Coordinator for the ELL Department: Lindy Kovacik

Community Support:


Phone: 250-388-4728
Coordinator for Settlement Workers In Schools (SWIS):
Lisa Wang


Phone: 250-361-9433
Program Manager:
Nasim Hamed