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ESOL 101 (FAQ)

ESOL 101
Frequently Asked Questions

What is ESOL?

ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages.

What are ESOL services?
 

ESOL services are
designed specifically to improve the language proficiency of students whose native language is not English. Students have access to the grade level curriculum and all school services. Teachers are qualified to teach English for Speakers of Other Languages.  

How does my child qualify for ESOL services?

It starts with the home language survey when you enroll your student during the registration process. Parent/guardian answered “yes” to any of the three home language survey questions:

  1. Is a language other than English used in the home?
  2. Does the student have a first language other than English?
  3. Does the student most frequently speak a language other than English?

Answering "Yes" to one or more of the home language survey questions will require your child to be screened for English language proficiency.

Does the school have to ask the parent’s permission to test their children?

No. The school is required by law to test the English proficiency of those students who answered affirmatively to any of the home language survey questions. This must be done during the first twenty days in school.

What is the criteria to exit the students from the program? 

Students exit the ESOL program by passing the appropriate assessments and/or other considerations.   

Can parents refuse placement of their child in the program?
 

No. The child must be served for at least one semester before the ELL committee meets to discuss ESOL placement.

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