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English Learners Service Eligibility

Belgrade School District uses the OPI guidelines for identifying English Learners / Multilingual Learners for participation in the English Learner program. All new K-12 families enrolling in a BSD44 school will complete a Home Language Survey to identify students who speak another language other than English. 

Students who have been identified with another language will be given a Language Assessment Screener to evaluate their knowledge of the English language. Students qualify based on their demonstrated language proficiency on the assessment. 

After testing is completed the parent or guardian is notified of the results through a parent notification letter within 30 days of the student's enrollment or the start of the school year.  The English Learner specialist of the district will determine the appropriate EL service model based on their needs.  

If you have questions about this process please contact the curriculum, assessment, and federal programs director: Mark Halgren at 406-924-2008 or email at