ESOL Program Overview
The ESOL program promotes academic achievement for English Learners (EL) at the same level as their peers in the mainstream program. Baltimore County Public Schools ensures that every EL has equal and appropriate access to all system offerings while working towards proficiency in the English language. In order to do so, the Blueprint for Progress identifies these Key Strategies:
The Baltimore County ESOL program is in place at all levels of schooling: elementary, middle, and high. At the elementary level, with the focus on development of English language skills, students attend their home schools and receive ESOL services aligned to the reading/language arts curriculum at each grade level. In the Southeast Area of the county, students from Bear Creek, Logan, and Battle Grove elementary schools attend an ESOL center at Grange elementary school.
At the secondary level, students attend ESOL centers where they are enrolled in both ESOL and mainstream courses until they reach the level of proficiency necessary to exit the ESOL program. At that time, they return to their zoned schools. Middle school centers are located at Dumbarton, Holabird, Lansdowne, and Sudbrook middle schools. High school centers are at Dundalk, Lansdowne, Owings Mills, Parkville, and Woodlawn high schools. School bus transportation is provided for students to and from their assigned ESOL center.
World Languages Program Overview
The World Languages program is designed to provide opportunities for students to develop proficiency in a language other than their own. Language and communication are key components to success in today’s society. Whether we look to the international community or to the increasingly diverse population in the United States, the ability to communicate in more than one language is becoming more and more essential in daily life.
Second Language study enables students to communicate with people in other cultures and countries, to develop a better understanding of their own language and culture, to increase their awareness of opportunities in the global community, and to access additional resources and knowledge.
The study of the longest possible sequence of a world language is a priority in Baltimore County Public Schools in order to prepare our students to be competitive with others around the world who are fluent in two or more languages. A sequential program in K-12 will provide students with the linguistic and cultural skills to become productive citizens of the 21st century.
Recognizing the importance of language study, the Baltimore County Public Schools offers sequential programs in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish to middle and high school students. Advanced Placement courses are available in all of the languages to students who have pursued the longest possible sequence and have attained a high level of proficiency in the target language.