English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services help students achieve academic success, develop critical thinking skills, and solve problems. More specifically, ESOL services:
Develops English learners’ language proficiency and communication skills.
Creates rigorous content-based curricula and resources to foster English learners’ collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
Supports English learners’ access to advanced academics or appropriate special services.
Provides learning environments that build on students’ diverse academic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds.
Promotes active participation of English learners and their families in the school community
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services is to provide English Learners (ELs) the support they need to develop English language proficiency to be ready for college or a career, to acquire 21st century skills, and be problem solvers in a global community.
How Students are Placed:
English language proficiency is determined by results of a World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) test. ELs are enrolled in age-appropriate grade level classes and have access to the same rigorous content and additional programs and services available to all FCPS students, including Advanced Academics and special services, to develop their English language proficiency skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. ESOL or Bridging services are offered according to the student’s English language proficiency (ELP) level.
Parent Information Line
FCPS language lines are available in eight different languages to assist parents who do not speak English as their first language. A school system employee will respond to your call in your preferred language within 24 hours, Monday through Friday. The caller will provide you with the requested information, arrange for you to speak with the appropriate school employee, or connect you with the resource that you are looking to find.