ESL Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the White County School System is to meet the academic needs of the English Language Learner (ELL), to collaborate with regular classroom teachers of ELL students, and to provide support to the local ELL families.

Student Identification and Service Delivery

Students are identified at the local area schools through review of the home language surveys. Once students are referred, Kindergarten is assessed using the W-APT screener and 1st - 12th grade are accessed using the WIDA online screener. This test determines qualifications in the ESL Program in White County Schools.  

White County Schools English as a Second Language Program offers services in the form of a pull out program as approved by the state of Tennessee.  Services include direct pull out service, collaboration with the classroom teacher, and resource support and sharing. Services are provided to the student based on student’s test/language level, literacy needs, and teacher recommendations. 

Parent Resources

Parent conferences are held for parents one time each semester. At these conferences, parents can meet with regular classroom teachers/ESL teacher.

Benchmark testing results are sent home to parents at least 3 times each year. Report cards are sent home to parents each 9 weeks. Results of the WIDA testing are sent to parents.

Parents have computer and e-mail access to district, school, and teacher websites.

Interpreters and translated documents are available when needed.


White County Board of Education

Larry Thompson, Supervisor of Special Education/Title VI & IX/ESL

931.836.2229  |