Dublin City Schools' English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program supports students in obtaining English language proficiency and meeting age/grade appropriate academic achievement standards.
This program aids students to succeed socially and academically in all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
The ESOL Program is federally mandated and was established to ensure equal access to the school system's instructional program for those students who have limited English proficiency.
Students eligible for the program are those whose native language or home language is not English and who, by reason thereof, have sufficient difficulty speaking , reading, writing, or understanding the English language. Students are screened with an English Language Battery to determine if ESOL
services are needed. In accordance with state policy, students’ language proficiency will be assessed by the W-APT placement test and ACCESS. These assessments will be based on the WIDA standards, which is the curriculum for instructing students with limited English proficiency.
Parents are notified of students’ eligibility into the ESOL Program and must provide consent prior to services. Parent conferences are encouraged and may be arranged by the Principal of each school.
All students are taught and have access to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). However, to accommodate the needs of English Language Learners (ELL), eligible students are provided a supplemental curriculum that focuses on English acquisition & proficiency.
Dublin City Schools provide special language assistance through one or a combination of the following delivery models:
- A Scheduled Period
- Before/After School Tutoring
ESOL services will be provided by teachers who are highly qualified and have obtained an ESOL endorsement by the Georgia State Department of Education. However, a teacher may be selected to work with students if the following conditions are met:
- Currently enrolled in ESOL courses for certification
- Has applied for a non-renewable ESOL Endorsement certificate
- Has been recommend by their principal to work with said student
English Language Learners (ELL) are assessed for proficiency on an annual basis using the state approved assessment battery. This test is usually administered during the Winter/Spring school year.
Students who are served in the Dublin City Schools’ ESOL program may exit based on the following:
- Proficiency on the state language proficiency test
- Satisfactory performance on the Criterion-referenced Tests (state assessment)/and or standardized tests
- Classroom performance