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250 County School Rd. | Lexington, NC 27292 phone Phone: 336-249-8182 phone Fax: 336-249-1062
English as a Second Language (ESL) » ESL Program Services

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 language learners in Davidson County Schools will: 

  • Attain English language proficiency.
  • Achieve academic success by meeting grade level promotion standards and graduation requirements.
  • Become Career and College Ready!


Program Placement

During initial enrollment, the parent or guardian completes the Home Language Survey.  Students with a dominant language other than English are given an assessment called the WAPT/WIDA Screener within the first 30 days of school or 14 days of enrollment. This assessment measures the child’s English language proficiency. Eligibility for the ESL program is determined based on these assessment results.


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:

Reading= 4.0        

Writing= 4.0

Overall/Composite= 4.8

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: