Q: What is the purpose of the GIPS Welcome Center?

A: The GIPS Welcome Center, supports the mission of the Grand Island Public Schools by welcoming each new EL student and their family with an introductory orientation to the school system and community as well as individual support to complete the registration process. Newcomer students are given in initial English language proficiency assessment which helps determine an EL instructional service placement in their school. In addition, the Welcome Center provides ESL classes to parents and serves as a resource for families to access community services including the Central District Health Department, Third City Community Clinic, WIC, the Heartland Health Center, Literacy Council, Multicultural Coalition and the GIPS Outreach Center.

Q: What is the purpose of the Home Language Survey?

A: The Home Language Survey is required to be filled out for every student entering GIPS as part of the registration process. This survey determines if a student will be given an initial English language assessment (Pre LAS, Las Links, or ELPA21 Screener) for potential English Language supplementary services within their school.

Q: Why does my child need to take an initial English language assessment?

A: When the Home Language Survey was completed, a language other than English was indicated by the parent completing the form.

Q: What is the English language assessment given to potential English Learner students?

A: For the 2017-2018 school year the English language assessments include: Pre Las, Las Links, and the ELPA21 Screener. For the 2018-2019 school year, the ELPA21 Screener will be used.

Q: Do you offer English classes for adults?

A: Yes, Adult English classes are offered at the Welcome Center on a regular basis following the GIPS school calendar. There is a seating limit. Contact Simara Rodriguez, Welcome Center Parent Liaison at 308-385-5551 for details.

Q: Where is the GIPS Welcome Center Located?

A: The Welcome Center is located at 1137 South Locust Street, Grand Island, Nebraska 68801 (located in the Central District Health Department Building)