Fauquier County Public Schools

English as a Second Language (ESL)

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  • MISSION STATEMENT

    The mission of Fauquier County Public Schools’ ESL program is to ensure that each English Language Learner develops high levels of English proficiency, while mastering challenging content area standards of learning.

    Fauquier County Public Schools offers an English as a Second Language program designed to meet the needs of the English Language Learners who live in our district. The program began in 1992 with 65 students and two teachers. There are approximately 500 English Language Learners in FCPS this year. We have a diverse student population whose native languages include: Albanian, Arabic, Bisaya(Visayan), Cambodian, Chinese (Yeu), Finnish, French, Greek, Gujurati, Kazakh, Korean, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. The majority of our current English Language Learners speak Spanish in the home.

    Federal law states that public schools must provide free and equal education to meet the needs of all students, including those who have limited proficiency in the English language (Plyer vs. Doe, 1982; Lau vs. Nichols, 1974; Equal Education Opportunity Act, 1974). To meet federal regulations, the school division continues to expand its English support programs.

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