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ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages)

ESOL Program


English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a state-funded language instruction educational program for eligible English Learners (ELs) in Grades K-12. The purpose of the program is to provide English language development instruction and language support services to identified ELs for the purpose of increasing their English language proficiency and academic achievement. ESOL language instruction is focused on developing EL students’ academic English proficiency in each content area of the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). The WIDA Consortium English Language Development (ELD) Standards Framework resources aligned with the GSE guide the work of ESOL teachers. Differentiated instructional practices, both in ESOL and general education classes, ensure that the language development needs of the district's EL students are met. 


Title III is a federal program that provides the school district with funding for supplemental services for ELs and immigrant students and families. Title III funds activities such as literacy classes for parents, parent night events, after-school tutoring, instructional software programs, and professional development for teachers of ELs. 



School-Home Communication


The Columbia County School District (CCSD) recognizes the importance of effective and meaningful communication with parents and guardians in order to support the goal of engaging and involving families in their children's education. In an effort to facilitate this communication, translation and interpretation services are available at no charge to parents and guardians who need assistance understanding district and school-related information. Please contact your school for assistance.