Linguistically and culturally diverse students registering in DCPS may be sent to the Language Acquisition Division for an English Screening Assessment. The Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State (ACCESS of ELLs©) test places students in English language proficiency (ELP) levels 1 to 5. DCPS provides services to students scoring ELP levels 1 to 4 and exits students from support programs when they reach level 5. Students with an English language proficiency level indicating the need for English support will qualify for English as a Second Language (ESL) services.
The academic content areas of English Language Arts, social studies, science, and mathematics are used as the vehicle for language learning and to ensure that students master academic content and performance standards. Instruction is primarily in English, although native language support is provided when necessary and when possible. These classes are taught by ESL-certified teachers using a pull-out, plug-in, or inclusion approach.
DCPS offers all teachers and staff the convenience of the Language Line, a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, telephonic interpretation system that allows the caller to get an interpreter (in more than 100 languages) at his/her fingertips. Language Line: 1-800-367-6559, 6-digit Client ID: 511049, Access Code for DCPS: 701001.