As your classmates settle down into their cozy nooks and crannies, the noise in the once chatter-filled room dwindles down to near silence, with the exception of an occasional page flip. So drawn into your mystery book, the sudden shuffling of students “quietly” getting up startles you. They whisper loudly to the teacher and leave the room, giggling and chatting, headed off to their ELP activities.
From a young age, students find themselves sectioned off into cohorts. Grade levels, friend groups, clubs, teams and hobbies are just a few of the different communities that make up one’s identity. As students get older, a new section is added: learning programs. These include the Extended Learning Program, English Language Learners program and the special education program, which can each shape how a student develops.