What is ESOL and how does it work?

What is ESOL and how does it work?

What is ESOL?

ESOL is a program for English Language Learners of other Languages.


How does my child qualify for the ESOL?

Students are identified through the Home Language Survey questionnaire on the registration form. If any response is another language other than English, your child will be tested for ESOL services.

The W-APT is used to screen Kindergartners and the WIDA Screener is used to screen grades 1-5.


If my child qualifies, how does the program work?

Grades k-3 will receive one 45 minute segment every day.

-Grades 4-5 will receive one or two 50 minute segment every day.

Here are some of the following models that Cobb County Schools use to serve ESOL students:

  • Direct (Push-In)- The students will remain with their general education classroom and the ESOL teacher pushes into the classroom to work with students to provide language support.
  • Pull-Out- The ESOL students will be pulled from their general education classroom and will receive small group instruction with the ESOL teacher.


ESOL services

The students will receive language support and instruction in the four domains: speaking, listening, reading, and writing while incorporating vocabulary, grammar, phonics, reading strategies and comprehension, as well as utilizing graphic organizers for writing.

Students may also receive testing accommodations for state and local tests. Testing accommodations are modifications that may include some of the following: extended time, small group testing, frequent breaks, or repetition of directions. Testing accommodations are determined by the Testing Participation Committee.


Assessments for ESOL students

Every year ESOL students will take a standardized test called ACCESS 2.0 in late January/early February. ACCESS assess students’ language proficiency in the four domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

ALL active ESOL students are required to take ACCESS 2.0, including students who are active, but are not receiving language support.


Access Scoring Range

1-Entering: knows and uses minimal social language and minimal academic language with visual and graphic support

2-Beginning: knows and uses some social English and general academic language with visual and graphic support

3-Developing: knows and uses social English and some specific academic language with visual and graphic support

4-Expanding: knows and uses social English and some technical academic language

5-Bridging: knows and uses social English and academic language working with grade level material

6-Reaching: knows and uses social and academic language at the highest level measured by this test

*Level 5 and 6 have the skills necessary to exit the ESOL program and their progress are monitored for 2 years.

Additional safety and security measures

Please do not forget about our  “buzz in” door lock system at the main entrance of the school.  This feature will keep the main entrance door locked at all times except 7:00-8:10 a.m. on school days.  Outside of that specific time frame, all guests to our school will need to “buzz in.”  Part of the system includes a box outside of the main entrance door that is equipped with a door bell and camera.  Staff members working in the front office will receive an alert when a guest arrive and rings the bell.  The office staff will be able to see and hear the guest, and once the guest shows an ID and states the nature of their business, the office staff will “buzz in” the guest, asking them to report to the main office to sign in.

It will require cooperation on the part of all of our parents and other guests to school so please remember:

  1.  You must always present your ID and let the office staff know why you are visiting at the “buzz in” camera.  We are going to ask everyone, every time you come to the door.  Please know this is for the safety of everyone, especially our students.  Please do not allow other adults to enter with you/hold the door for them as we must buzz each person in separately.
  2. The door is locked at 8:10 so please work hard to have your child bring everything they need to school so you won’t have to make a special trip to school to deliver something to them.  If you must deliver, make sure you have your ID with you when you come to the door.  The office staff will not be able to go to the door and get a lunch/jacket/homework/etc.
  3. There will be no dismissal after 1:45 to ensure a safe and orderly dismissal process.  Please do not come after 1:45 to pick your child up for appointments, etc.  If you are late to pick them up, they will be dismissed during regular dismissal times.

We know that you will join us in thanking Cobb County School District for being on the forefront of adding additional safety and security measures for your child(ren).  We appreciate your cooperation as we transition into using this newest safety feature.  Thank for working with us to keep everyone safe!

First Day of School

School doors open at 7:15. The tardy bell rings at 7:50 a.m.  Extra parking available at East Side Baptist. Please do not park on the grass, in the bus lane, or on the red fire curb at the school. School dismissal is at 2:20.

Carpool: If you are picking your children up in carpool line, please DO NOT enter the parking lot before 2:00, in order to give buses time to line up. You will be asked to leave the parking lot if you enter the car rider line too early.Buses: Buses will leave at approximately 2:30. (The first few days take a little longer.) You can visit www.cobbk12.org to find bus routes and times. The school will also post bus routes outside on Thursday, July 30th, so you can see them during sneak-a-peek.

ESOL Brochure

You can learn more about program by downloading our brochure below:

Down load Eastvalley ESOL brochure English

Download Eastvalley ESOL brochure Spanish

Download Eastvalley ESOL brochure Portuguese

NOTE: You will need Adobe Acrobat to open this file. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, you can download the program for free by clicking on the following link:


Welcome, Bienvenidos, Bem – Vindos, Добро пожаловать, स्वागत, Velkommen, Bienvenue, Irasshaimase, Hoan nghênh, Willkommen, خوش آمديد

Welcome, Bienvenidos, Bem – Vindos, Добро пожаловать, स्वागत, Velkommen, Bienvenue, Irasshaimase, Hoan nghênh, Willkommen, خوش آمديد 

Dear Students and Parents!

Welcome to ESOL Classes! I am excited about the opportunity to get to know you, and I am looking forward to a happy and productive school year in 2018-2019. Please come to our Sneak-a-Peek on Thursday, July 30th, at 7:30 AM. Do not forget to look for Mrs. Sasha and Mrs. Gondek.

If you have any questions/concerns or would like to schedule a conference, you can contact me at 770.578.7214 or by email: [email protected] The best time to reach me is after 2:15PM.

Once again, welcome to ESOL classes. Let’s work together to make this the best year ever!


Estimados estudiantes y padres,

Bienvenidos a las clases de ESOL!  Estamos entusiasmados para la oportunidad de conocerles y estamos anticipando un año escolar productivo y feliz en 2018-2019. Por favor,  marque su calendario para la nuestra reunion donde se conocen la escuela y las lunes, el 30 de julio, a las 7:30. No se olvide a buscar Sra. Sasha y Sra. Gondek.

Si tiene preguntas o preocupaciones, nuestro número de contacto es 770.578.7214 o por correo electrónico: [email protected] El horario mejor para contactarnos es después de las 14:15.

Nuevamente, bienvenidos a ESOL.  ¡Vamos a trabajar juntos para que este año escolar será el mejor de todos!


Prezados alunos e familias,
Sejam bem- vindos as aulas de ESOL! Nos estamos ansiosos em comecar mais um ano letivo feliz e produtivo em 2018-2019. Marque seu calendario e compareca a primeira reuniao de inicio de ano no dia 30 de julho as 7:30 hrs. Nao se esquecam de procurar os professora Sasha y professora Gondek.
Por favor entre em contacto conosco no telefone 770.578.7214 ou por email: [email protected] O melhor horario para falar conosco e depois da 14:15 hrs da tarde.
Novamente, sejam bem-vindos ao ESOL. Vamos trabalhar juntos para que este ano letivo seja o melhor de todos!