Title III ESL Programs

Students who enter the public schools speaking primarily a language other than English may be in need of additional assistance in learning English and in maintaining progress in the regular program. Garfield has an English as a Second Language (ESL) program for English Language Learners (ELLs) available in all grades, K-12, and in all schools. In order to determine which students need to be placed in the ESL program, an initial language test is given within the school based upon the language survey filled out by the parents. A letter is then sent home advising the parents of this opportunity; however, they have the right to refuse these services.

Elementary students who qualify for the program will receive one period daily of ESL instruction. The program will focus on developing proficiency in the English language inclusive of listening, speaking, reading and writing in English, which will help develop the English language skills necessary to be successful students and members of society. In addition, the students are also taught content area vocabulary and concepts within the ESL classrooms. 

Middle school and High school students in the ESL program receive two daily periods of instruction, ESL and High Intensity ESL. The classes are regularly scheduled courses and the students receive credit for them. In addition to all aspects of learning the English language, content area vocabulary and concepts are covered in the classes as well.

Parents of children placed in an ESL program will be notified by letter no later than 30 days after they enter school indicating the reason for placement and the child’s level of proficiency.

If you would like further information about this program, please call Mrs. Kerri Taylor, Federal Programs Department Supervisor.


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