• Saturday, December 16 - Saturday School is cancelled at High Point High School due to electrical work at the school.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Registration (Registro)

 Enrollment Process 

Registration/Registro 

Administrative Procedures for Prince George's County Public Schools requires that the following students register at the International School Counseling Office (ISCO), prior to going to their assigned school: 

Student with birth certificates or school records from other countries 

Students who have a primary language in the home other than English 

Students who have studied in a foreign school system (not including Department of Defense Schools) 

Exceptions to the above rules  

The English language proficiency of all language minority students, whether U.S. citizens or foreign born, is assessed by ESOL staff at the time of registration.  Based on the test results, students are assigned to the appropriate elementary or secondary school and to the appropriate English class, whether ESOL or mainstream English. 

Students whose listening, speaking, reading and writing test scores suggest a need for ESOL instruction are assigned to schools with ESOL programs.  If the boundary school does not have an ESOL program, students are assigned to a school that does, and transportation is provided.  Parents always have the right to refuse ESOL instruction if they do not wish to have their children assigned to a school out of their boundary area. 

Refer to Administrative Procedure 5111.3 for more information. 

To make an appointment to register children with the International Student Counseling Office (ISCO), call (301) 445-8460.  The office is located at the Judy Hoyer Family Learning Center at 8908 Riggs Road, Adelphi, Maryland.  Directions/Direcciones 

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Student with birth certificates or school records from other countries 

The counselors at the International School Counseling Office (ISCO) are familiar with documents from other countries.  They are knowledgeable about the order of names (first, last, or middle) on foreign birth certificates, how birth dates are recorded (not always in the western fashion), the structure of foreign school systems (this ensures placement in the correct grade level), and information on the grading scales used in foreign school systems.  They are also familiar with which documents have priority over other documents for accurate recording of names and birth dates on school records.  This ensures that a family receives the most comprehensive and accurate information available for the enrollment of their children in our school system. 

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Students who have a primary language in the home other than English 

All public school systems are required by Federal Law, under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, to "have a procedure for identifying and evaluating...English language skills" (Lau v. Nichols) of students who have a primary language in the home other than English.  As a result of testing, a student may qualify for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services or the test may document that a student is not in need of any additional language support.  A family has the right to refuse ESOL services, however, a signed refusal form must document that the decision is made after it has been determined that ESOL support would benefit the student.  A copy of the refusal document must be filed in the student's cumulative folder.  An elementary student needing ESOL services has the right to attend the comprehensive boundary school without the parent signing a refusal form, however, the family is informed at the ISCO that the amount and type of ESOL services will be determined by the number of ESOL students enrolled in the school. 

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Students who have studied in a foreign school system (not including Department of Defense Schools) 

The counselors at the ISCO are familiar with the structure of foreign school systems and have access to grading scales form other countries.  This ensures appropriate grade placement and accurate evaluation of transcripts for high school credits.  If there is a concern about students in this category, please call for assistance from one of the counselors.    (301) 445-8460. 

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Exceptions to the above rules 

  1. Pre-Kindergarten students; 
  2. Students born in the United States with a primary language in the home other than English who have school records that indicate two or more years in a general language arts program (not ESOL); 
  3. Non United States citizen students who have been in a school system in the United States consecutively for six or more years; or 
  4. ESOL students who are reentering PGCPS after an absence of one semester or less. 

 

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ESOL Office
8908 Riggs Road
Adelphi, Maryland 20783 

Voice:  (301) 445-8450
Fax:  (301) 445-8457 

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