The Winchester City Public Schools' English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program serves over 700 students in grades PK-12. The program emphasizes both English language proficiency and core content area academics. Students in the elementary grades receive instruction in both regular and ESOL classrooms. At the secondary level, the program is offered according to the students' level of English Language Proficiency.

A Newcomer program also serves newly arrived non-English speakers and is available for students in grades 5-12.

For program information in Spanish, call Charlotte Fritts (ESOL Parent Liaison) at 540-974-0821.


Elementary ESOL Instruction (Grades K-4)

Levels 1, 2, & 3 (WIDA Scores 1.0-3.9) - Level 1, 2 and 3 students in the elementary schools are placed in mainstream classrooms with ESOL teacher support. Non-English or very Limited English speaking students receive sheltered English/Language Arts instruction in the ESOL classroom for 30-60 minutes per day. Instruction is focused on activities that develop oral language, reading, and writing skills. Many students can best be served by INCLUSION services provided within the core content classroom. The design of the instructional program for kindergarten ESOL students is dependent on overall resources within the school.

Levels 4, & 5 (WIDA Scores 4.0 and Above) - Level 4 and 5 students are placed in mainstream classrooms. These students receive support from an ESOL specialist as needed, in collaboration with their classroom teacher.

Middle School ESOL Instruction (Grades 5 – 8)

Levels 1 & 2A (WIDA Scores 1.0-2.5) - Newcomer and Level 1 and 2A students receive sheltered academic instruction in English/Language Arts (double block) and Mathematics from an ESOL specialist. Science and Social Studies concepts are included as part of English language development. Instruction in Mathematics is shifted to the appropriate core content level as soon as possible.

Levels 2B & 3 (WIDA Scores 2.6-3.9) - Level 2B & 3A students receive all core subjects (English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science) in an inclusion class setting with collaboration between regular classroom content specialists and ESOL specialists.

Levels 4 & 5 (WIDA Scores 4.0 and Above) - Level 4 & 5 students are placed in mainstream classrooms and monitored by the ESOL program.

High School ESOL Instruction (Grades 9 – 12)

  • A Newcomer program (double block) is available for all Level 1 ESOL students. Basic Science and Social Studies concepts are incorporated in this curriculum as no additional Science or Social Studies course will be taken during Newcomer program participation. The goal is to transition students to ESOL Lit 1B after one full semester in the Newcomer program. Students receive 2 elective credits for this course.
  • ESOL Lit 1B, 2A, and 2B complete the sheltered ESOL English instruction. Students will be moved to the appropriate level course each semester based on benchmark assessments. Students receive 1 elective credit per course.
  • Transitional English is the bridge to SOL English core content. Students receive 1 English credit.
  • SOL Content: English 9, 10, 11 (2nd, 3rd, and 4th English Credits)

  • ESOL Math is the gateway course to SOL core content courses. Students receive 1 elective credit per course.
  • SOL Content: Algebra I (1st Math Credit)
  • Algebra I, Part II (2nd Math Credit)
  • Geometry (2 Math Credit)
  • Algebra Functions & Data (3rd Math Credit)
  • Algebra II (4th Math Credit for Advanced Diploma)

  • Newcomer Program – Basic concepts and vocabulary embedded in curriculum (Level 1 students)
  • ESOL Social Studies Content Lab (Level 1B, 2A). The course is a semester course to support the development of Social Studies content to ensure greater success in transitional and SOL content courses. This course can also act as a “resource” class when students are taking a transitional content course during the same semester. Students receive 1 elective credit.
  • ESOL World History I is the bridge to SOL Social Studies core content. Students receive 1 elective credit.
  • World History I (1st Social Studies Credit)
  • World History II (2nd Social Studies Credit)
  • Virginia & U.S. History (3rd Social Studies Credit)
  • Virginia & U.S. Government (4th Social Studies)

  • Newcomer Program – Basic concepts and vocabulary embedded in curriculum (Level 1 students)
  • ESOL Science (Level 1B, 2A). The course is a semester course to support the development of Science content to ensure greater success in SOL content courses. Students receive 1 elective credit.
  • Biology (1st Science Credit)
  • Earth Science (2nd Science Credit)
  • Chemistry (3rd Science Credit)
  • AP Biology; AP Chemistry; or Physics (4th Science Credit for Advanced Diploma)

English Language Proficiency Standards

WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment)

The WIDA Consortium's English Language Proficiency Standards for English Language Learners (ELLs) in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 encompass:

The WIDA ELP Standards are designed as a curriculum and instruction planning tool. They help educators determine children's ELP levels and how to appropriately challenge them to reach higher levels.

WIDA English Language Proficiency (ELP) Levels

How are limited English proficient students’ English language proficiency levels determined based upon the WIDA ELP Levels?

WIDA Overall Composite Score Range LEP Level
1.0 – 1.9 1
2.0 – 2.9 2
3.0 – 3.9 3
4.0 – 4.9 4
5.0 – 6.0 and Literacy Score less than 5.0 5
N/A LEP (1-5)
No Services
For Kindergarten students: Composite Score of 5.0 or above and Literacy Score of 5.0 or above at the Accountability Proficiency Level.
For students in Grades 1–12: Composite Score of 5.0 or above and Literacy Score 5.0 or above on Tier C.
6 - Year 1
(Formerly LEP)
Same as 6 - Year 1 maintained for a 2nd year 6 - Year 2
(Formerly LEP)

Can Do Descriptors for WIDA Levels

ESOL Staff

Frederick Douglass Elementary School (Natalia Rey, Parent Liaison)
Christy Ryman
Sabina Angarita

John Kerr Elementary School (Omali McClanahan, Parent Liaison)
Caroline Busch
Christopher Dowell
Amanda Furman
Emily Headley

Garland Quarles Elementary School (Seth Stahler, Parent Liaison)
Seth Stahler
Amy Christy Davila
Joyce Householder
Deborah Thompson

Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary School (Daisy Mondell, Parent Liaison)
Laura Baker-Anderle
Patricia Hedden
Luciene (Lucy) Santos Bjelland

Daniel Morgan Intermediate School (Ana Martinez Villa, Parent Liaison)
Gustavo (Gus) Glatzel
Wil Cather
Victoria Egnew
Michelle Thompson

Daniel Morgan Middle School (Nohemy Zamitiz, Parent Liaison)
Gustavo (Gus) Glatzel
Carla Pino
Brandon Ryman

John Handley High School (Carmen Richmond, Parent Liaison)
Maggie Gavello
Janine Gallant
Helene King
Fernando Pantoja
Katy Schain
Stephanie Tracy

Resources for Parents

Parents as Education Partners (PEP)

Winchester Public Schools will once again be offering PEP program for parents who would like to learn how to take a more active part in their child’s education. The Parents as Educational Partners Curriculum is based on the premise that “parent involvement is a process, not an event (Davis,1989). “Process” in PEP refers to building parent involvement through ongoing adult education and interactive activities rather than through sporadically scheduled parent meetings or workshops. The PEP Curriculum takes language minority parents from the role of learners to the role of decision makers in their children’s education. Please contact your child’s school for information on session availability.






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