About our ESOL Program

The Secondary ESOL curriculum is a scaffolded sheltered curriculum that fully aligns to the essential understandings, knowledge and skills of the grade level Standards of Learning. The curriculum is designed to support English Learners by providing context, building background knowledge and vocabulary, and fostering the academic discourse of English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies so that students may successfully navigate rigorous academic content.

Secondary ESOL instruction provides English Learners with a language focused environment to develop the academic language necessary to demonstrate complex thinking and learning across the disciplines. Students learn to recognize and use language explicit to the task in the four domains of reading, writing, speaking and listening through engaging interactions with teachers and peers.

Courses Offered

Level I- Entering
Level II- Emerging
Level III- Developing
Level IV- Expanding
Level V- Bridging
Monitored students- these students have completed Level IV or Level V and have met the “exiting” requirements on the ACCESS Test. All monitored students will require assistance from the ESOL team for 2 consecutive years after their “exit” status.

ELL Standards

ELL Can Do:
WIDA Amplified Standards
Performance Definitions: Listening/Reading
Performance Definitions: Speaking/Writing

Additional Resources

ACCESS Presentation
ESOL SOL Accommodations
Accommodations for Disabled students (Dual-identified)



Every English Learner, Always, in ALL Ways!


We are committed to meeting the individual needs of our English Learners by ensuring equitable access to engaging, high-quality, and rigorous instruction. We empower our Els to be global citizens who are linguistically, socially, and culturally equipped for success in school and beyond.

The ESL program provides:

  • Sheltered, collaborative, and direct instruction to English learners
  • Monitoring of student progress in English language development and academic success
  • Professional development to ESL, mainstream teachers, school counselors and administrators for working with English learners
  • Individualized support and consultation to school personnel regarding English learners
  • Communication, collaboration, and dissemination of information to English learner stakeholders
  • Resources and opportunities for community and school engagement for parents who are English leaners
  • Outreach programs to empower minority parents to become decision makers and advocates for their children’s education


The English as a Second Language Program in Chesterfield County Public Schools is an English immersion program, which serves students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

  • Criteria for entry, progress, and exit are based on student’s level of English language proficiency as measured by performance on research-based standardized statewide assessments.
  • ESL instruction is available to English learners.
  • ESL instruction incorporates Chesterfield County Public Schools curriculum, Virginia Standards of Learning, and WIDA’s English Language Development Standards.
  • Instruction for English learners emphasizes development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English.
  • ESL instruction includes a variety of best practices that simultaneously integrate and develop language and content.
  • Parent support is provided through outreach programs, such as Parent as Educational Partners (PEP) that address topics such as U.S. school culture, literacy, and English language development.
  • Interpreter and translator services are available to CCPS schools.
  • Funding is provided by CCPS and Title III Part A under ESEA.

ESL Catchment Center Locations

Elementary – All elementary school English learners are served in their home school.

Middle Schools

  • Carver
  • Elizabeth Davis
  • Falling Creek
  • Manchester (serves ELs from Bailey Bridge & Swift Creek MS)
  • Matoaca
  • Providence (serves ELs from Midlothian MS)
  • Robious
  • Salem Church
  • Tomahawk Creek

High Schools

  • Carver College & Career Center*
  • James River (serves ELs from Monacan & Midlothian HS)
  • Lloyd C. Bird (serves ELs from Matoaca HS)
  • Manchester (serves ELs from Cosby & Clover Hill HS)
  • Meadowbrook
  • Thomas Dale

*FastTrack to Success Programs is a two-year, center-based English immersion program serving students between the ages of 17 and 22. Criteria for entry, progress, and exit are based on a student’s age and level of English language proficiency.

Adult Education/GED/ESL – (804) 768-6140