Multilingual Education Services
Welcome to Multilingual Education Services!
The Multilingual Education Services (MES) staff is prepared to serve and assist Wichita Public Schools' English Language Learners and their families. The MES Center is the home of several Wichita Public Schools services, including:
- Newcomer Intake Center
- Migrant Education Program
- Wichita Family Learning Program
- District Translation Services
- Language Line
The Newcomer Intake Center is the central point of contact in the Wichita Public Schools for students and families who are new to the district and have a language other than English in their backgrounds. At MES, students' English language skills are tested so that they are placed in the best program for their English proficiency, and parents receive assistance completing enrollment paperwork. MES staff members are also prepared to answer parents' questions about the Wichita Public Schools and provide information about community resources. The Newcomer Intake Center is open from 8 - 3:30 Monday through Thursday, and closed on Friday.
Wichita Public Schools' Migrant Education Program (MEP) is a federal program to help migrant children access the same educational opportunities as all other children. Through this program, services above and beyond other local and federal programs are provided to students who qualify so that they can succeed academically. Migrant students are students who have moved across school district boundaries in the past 3 years in order to get work related to agriculture or meat processing. Migrant students are eligible for services from ages 3 through 21.
Wichita Family Learning Program provides a variety of free adult ESOL classes across the district specifically for parents and adult family members of students in ESOL or Title I programs. Childcare is provided for all classes, and Kid's Club Homework and Tutoring assistance is provided for students whose parents are participating in evening classes. Contact 866-8029 for more information.
District Translation Services include on-site interpretation for parents, students and school personnel, written translation for communication with parents, and the Language Line. All translation and interpretation services are available in Spanish and Vietnamese. Through various additional resources, interpretation in many other languages is also available as needed.
Language Line phone numbers are 316-866-8000 (Spanish), 316-866-8003 (Vietnamese), and 316-866-8045 (for any Other language). The Language Line staff is available to assist families and school personnel from 7:30 - 5:00 Monday through Friday.
Multilingual Education Services' Newcomer Intake Center is open from 8:30 - 3:00 Monday – Thursday for testing. The Newcomer Intake Center will be closed on Fridays for testing. Please bring proof of address and proof of birth date when coming to the Intake Center. The entire process of testing and completing initial enrollment forms will take at least 2 hours for Kindergarten - 12th grade students.
Multilingual Education Services
Dunbar Service Center
923 Cleveland, Wichita, KS 67218
Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction
316-866-8000 (for assistance in languages other than English)