ESL Program Services
The ESL Program
Our ESL program is a content-based program in which students learn English language skills through core instructional areas. ESL staff collaborate with classroom teachers and administrators to provide instruction that meets the needs of our English language learners. Teachers use a variety of research-based instructional strategies that help students learn the English language and content simultaneously.
English Learner/Student Education Plans
English Learner/Student Education Plans are individualized instructional plans that are written annually for all ESL students. Plans include ACCESS test scores, classroom modifications, assessment accommodations, and information regarding specific ESL services the child will receive based on assessment results. This plan is shared with administrators, teachers, support staff, and parents.
ESL services may consist of the following (based on students’ needs):
- Flexible English language instruction (within or outside of the classroom)
- Collaboration among ESL staff and content teachers
- Specialized training (Please refer to our Professional Development webpage for training opportunities!)
- Monitoring academic progress
- Assessing language skills
- Providing language resources to content teachers
ACCESS 2.0 Assessment
(2017-2018 ACCESS Testing Window: February 5-March 9)
North Carolina requires all ESL students to take the ACCESS 2.0 test in the Spring. The ACCESS test assesses English learners’ speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in English. Assessment results are shared with teachers and parents.
How do students exit the ESL program?
ESL students must attain the following scores on the ACCESS test to exit the ESL program:
Support for Exiting Students
ESL specialists monitor students for two years and provide language support as needed.
For more information, please review our ESL Guidebook at the link below: