English for Speakers of Other Languages

Check out our website (above) for further information about our ESOL program. Here you can find out about particular ESOL events, services, and other contact information. Alguna información está disponible en español.

Photo of Emily Castle-DunnEmily Castle-Dunn is a Virginia native, with a Bachelor’s from VCU, a Master’s in opera from GMU and a Master’s from GCU in Education. Emily is fluent in French and German, as she started out teaching as a language assistant in France, working in disadvantaged public French schools. She also lived in Dresden, Germany for five years where she worked as a freelancer, teaching English as a Second Language to all ages, from children to adults. She has taught English and music in international schools here in the States and spends her summers working with international high schoolers who are getting ready to apply to college. In her spare time she loves to write, sing, and travel.

photo of Alexis ManuelMy name is Alexis Manuel, and I am one of the ESOL teachers here at Thomas Dale. While I don’t speak Spanish, I do speak German, so I know what it is like to be in our kids’ shoes. I am a Longwood University graduate, and this is my first year at Thomas Dale. As part of a small diverse group, I enjoy seeing noticeable differences as my students grow in the language.

I am a Manchester High School graduate, and I am proud to give back to the county that gave me a chance. Every student deserves to be understood, and that is why I am here.  Since life doesn’t come with subtitles, I am excited to help you navigate the English language.

District ESOL Program Information


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