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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. We will start the 2012-13 school year with an estimated 500 English Language Learners. 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.
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.
Our school system and community of learners are committed to providing high quality education for all students. EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS) recognizes the importance of providing meaningful educational programs for English Language Learners. Our educational philosophy is based on the belief that each English Language Learner can develop high levels of English proficiency, and master challenging academic content with success equal to fluent English speakers. Our programs offer comprehensive instruction for all students while recognizing the possible discrepancies in the educational expectations of home cultures. We respect and acknowledge the importance of the different languages and cultures represented in our community.
ESL Instructional Supervisor, Laura M. Hoover firstname.lastname@example.org 540-422-7024
Intake Center Specialist, Paola Padró email@example.com 540-422-7118