Our English as  a Second Language (ESL) program supports English Language Learners (ELLs) in order for them to attain English proficiency while at the same time achieving academic success.

The first step in identifying our English Learners (ELs) is the completion of the Home Language Survey (HLS) . The HLS shall be completed by every student upon initial enrollment in grade K -12 in Gaston County Schools. If a language other than English is listed on the HLS, a copy must be given to the ESL teacher/department in order to make a determination as to the student's primary language. The HLS must be placed in the student's cumulative folder.

English Learners in elementary and middle school, as well as some high school students, receive ESL content based  pull out services with small group instruction designed to develop all four language domains:  listening, speaking, reading , and writing.  ESL instruction is based on the student's language proficiency levels and grade level.  Some high schools offer an ESL elective class where the students receive grades and course credit.

North Carolina is part of the WIDA Consortium and our ESL teachers plan lessons based on the NC English Language Development (ELD) Standards as well as the Common Core State Standards

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