Title III - English as a Second Language
When new students enroll in Brunswick County Schools, they are asked to complete a Home Language survey as part of their enrollment packet. The federally-mandated document provides information regarding other languages spoken at home besides English.
Language minority students are given a placement test in order to gauge their English proficiency. These tests are provided by the WIDA Consortium (W-APT for kindergarteners and the Screener for grades 1-12). If the student is identified as limited English proficient (LEP), the student is placed in the English as a Second Language Program (ESL) and receives English support by an English Language Specialist. ESL students are given the annual ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) in order to measure their knowledge of the English language. This process is in compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements for Title III.
The ESL program provides English language instruction for ESL students as written in the Language Instruction Education Plan-LIEP as comprehensive (intensive), supportive (moderate) and transitional(consultative). English Language Specialists work collaboratively with regular education teachers in order to provide push-in, pull-out or consultative services for our ELLs.
ESL students are provided with the same academic content and educational opportunities as their English-speaking peers. They receive modified or differentiated instruction and assessments geared to meet their needs.
Brunswick County Schools believes all students are able to succeed academically regardless of their cultural and linguistic backgrounds.