ESOL - English to Speakers of Other Languages
EL - English Learners
Per federal law, school-home communication must be provided in a language that our parents understand. In an effort to facilitate this communication, the Department of Student Learning provides support to all schools and departments within the Columbia County School District.
Translation and interpretation services are available at no charge to parents and guardians who require assistance in understanding all district and school-related information. Please contact your school for assistance.
The Columbia County ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) Program is a state-funded instructional program for eligible English Learners (ELs) in Grades K-12 (Georgia School Law Section 20-2-156 Code 1981, Sec. 20-2-156, enacted in 1985). Title III is a federally funded program that provides the Columbia County School District with funds for supplemental services for ELs. Both ESOL and Title III hold students accountable for progress in English language proficiency and evidence of attainment of English language proficiency sufficient to exit ESOL services. The Columbia County School District utilizes the Georgia-adopted WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) English Language Proficiency Standards and English language proficiency test, known as ACCESS for ELs (Accessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Learners). The ESOL program assists students to succeed in all four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing; both socially and academically.
The English to Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) program goals is to help students obtain English language proficiency and to meet age and grade appropriate academic achievement standards for grade promotion and graduation. To reach this goal it is critical that instructional approaches, both in ESOL and general education classes, accommodate the needs of Columbia County linguistically and culturally diverse student and parent population.
Columbia County Board of Education is committed to meeting the needs of our English language Learners (ELs) and their families.