English Language Learners
Centerville’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program is for students who have a language other than English spoken in their home and have not yet acquired the English language needed for academic success. When parents register their child for school, they are required to fill out a home language survey. If this survey indicates a language other than English is spoken in the home, the district’s English Learning Coach will coordinate a screening to determine their English language proficiency level. If the level is less than proficient, the student will be offered ESL services. It is the parent’s right to accept or deny ESL services.
Tutors provide instruction with preloading students with academic and social vocabulary at the primary and elementary buildings. Teachers with the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement also work through the district to enrich the proficiency skills of students with English language needs.
Students in the ESL program are eligible for Pass/Fail and/or modified grades based on their English language proficiency levels. Parents will be notified of the types of modifications being used in the regular classroom.
There are three federal court cases that provide the legal foundation for providing equal educational opportunity to students with limited English proficiency:
- Lau vs. Nichols, 1973
- Castaneda vs. Pickard, 1981
- Plyler vs. Doe, 1982
Centerville City Schools, in compliance with federal and state law, provides services to students who qualify for our ESL programs.
Click here to learn more about the Connect Centerville initiative that aims to link current Centerville residents with immigrant families in the community.
For more information, please contact our district English Language Learner Coach, Megan LeMaster, at (937) 433-8841.