Instructional Supervisor, English as a Second Language
(757) 283-7850 x.10252, 595-7522 (fax)
ESL Administrative Specialist
(757) 591-4680, 595-7522 (fax)
ESL Welcome Center at Watkins ECC
(757) 283-7823, 597-2877 (fax)
Newport News has a diverse student population that includes students whose first language is not English. Newport News is proud to offer a program of study for non-English speaking students known as English as a Second Language (ESL). The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program of Newport News Public Schools was created and influenced from both the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Download our program brochure.
The English to Speakers of Other Languages program in Newport News Public Schools involves instruction for English Language learners pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. English Language Learners (ELL’s) receiving Talented and Gifted services (TAG) or Special Education services are also eligible to receive ESL program services based on their registration and assessment data.
Pre-K & Elementary
The First Step ESL program is at all four early childhood centers, with three ESL teachers servicing all ESL First Step students.
The elementary school ESL program is at all twenty-five schools. ESL teachers travel to students for language support. Students are serviced by an ESL teacher and assigned a homeroom with a general education teacher.
Middle school students attend the site closest to their home address, and they have ESL as a part of their schedule of classes. ESL classes are scheduled by English proficiency levels 1 through 4.
Students attend the school closest to their home address, and high school ESL students are placed according to their English ability. The "Level I Entering" and "Level 2 Beginning" students have class with their ESL teacher for two blocks per day. "Level 3 Developing" and "Level 4 Expanding" students have class with their ESL teacher every other day.