English as a Second Language (ESL) for K-12

 The English as a Second Language (ESL) program serves culturally and linguistically diverse students whose native language is not English. The goal of the program is to provide students with the language and communication skills necessary to participate successfully in the mainstream classroom. We serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade for whom English is not the primary language and whose English is not adequate to perform successfully in regular academic programs.  

Services Offered

ESL services are designed to help students develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the English language as well as to assist them in adapting to a new culture. Language and culture taught in the program reinforce skills and concepts taught in all areas of the regular curriculum. Instruction is designed to meet the needs of students at various English proficiency levels, is offered in all schools, and includes all linguistic minority groups. Students are assigned to programs based on their level of native-language literacy, academic level, and level of English literacy.

Students’ needs in specific academic areas are the basis for service delivery decisions.

  • In-Class Support:  ESL teachers work with classroom teachers so students receive differentiated learning experiences in the regular classroom.
  • Pullout Support:  Students receive individual or small group instruction that is designed to meet their academic needs.
  • Monitoring: On a regular basis ESL teacher monitors student progress in the regular classroom

 

Waynesboro Public Schools can provide free interpreting and translating services for you and your students school needs. Spanish Interpreters will be automatically scheduled for each school building for Back to School Orientation, Special Education Eligibility Meetings, and Parent/Teacher conferences if requested by the parent or teacher. For a language other than Spanish, schools should submit an Interpreter Request Form at least 7 business days prior to meeting.

If you have a need for an interpreter or require translation services, please call the Office of Student Services at (540)946-4600 Ext. 152 and leave a message in your native language.  Someone, who can effectively communicate with you, will return your call as quickly possible.  You may also request services via email at vgutierrez@waynesboro.k12.va.us

You may also access our website in Spanish at http://www.waynesboro.k12.va.us/

We look forward to working with you and your child.

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