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English as a Second Language

Meeting the Needs of English as a Second Language, Collaborating with Regular Classroom Teachers and Supporting The Local ESL Parents

CMCSS is committed to building cultural awareness within the district. It is important to understand that a person’s culture may shape his or her values, behavior, and so much more. CMCSS meets with several diversity groups to better understand and to strengthen the sensitivity and understanding needed to have a high preforming district.

Increasing cultural awareness means several things to the district:

  • Recognize people’s customs, culture, and religion.
  • Respect diverse individuals and their cultural beliefs
  • Provide a safe and welcoming environment
  • Ensure a culture of respect and civility across the district

Adapting to different cultural beliefs and practices requires flexibility and a respect for others’ points of view.

Schools today face an increasing range of culturally diverse situations. To ensure success in educational cultural awareness it is important to have stakeholder feedback. If you have a question or concern about cultural awareness in the district please contact Deb Cummings at


  • ESL ‐ English as a Second Language
  • NELB ‐ Non‐English language background
  • ELLs or ELs ‐ English Language Learners or English Learners
  • LEP ‐ Limited English Proficient
  • FEP ‐ Fluent English Proficient

Student Identification

  • Students are identified at the local area schools through review of home language surveys.
  • Once students are referred, they are screened using the Identification/Placement Screening Assessment.
  • This assessment determines qualification in the ESL program.

Service Delivery Model and Instruction

  • Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools English As A Second Language Program (ESL) offers services in the form of pull-out programs and push-in (inclusion) programs as approved by the State of Tennessee.
  • The state determines service times depending on the results of the English Language Proficiency Assessment.
  • Services include direct pull-out or push-in services, collaboration with the classroom teacher, and resource support.
  • Services are provided to the student based on the student’s language level and literacy needs.


  • The Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools ESL Program is a non‐graded program in elementary schools.
  • English Language Learners receive grades in the regular classroom, except in middle and high schools where the ESL teacher provides grades for the ESL class.

ESL Teachers/Staff

  • All English Language Learners in Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools receive services under the direction of a certified ESL teacher as determined by the State of Tennessee.
  • Many staff members are responsible for serving more than one school within the district.
  • These ESL teachers collaborate with regular classroom teachers to determine the best and most rapid path to academic success for all English Language Learners.

ESL Parent Conferences

  • District parent conferences are held one time each semester.
  • At these parent conferences, ESL parents visit and meet with regular classroom teachers and ESL teachers.
  • The student’s progress is discussed, homework tips are given, and other school information is shared.
  • Interpreting services and certain ESL translated documents are available when needed.

Program Evaluation

  • Home Language Surveys are completed on each new student to the district and filed in the cumulative folder.
  • The district has a current list of all NELB students, their home languages, and their grade levels.
  • Each school within the district has a current list of limited English proficient students, grade levels, and English proficiency levels.
  • ESL centers within the district provide alternative language services in the least segregated manner as possible and with comparable facilities and materials as non‐LEP students.
  • Each ESL center provides LEP students with meaningful access to the content in mainstream classrooms.
  • Incoming new students who have an identified language other than English are given the state assessment upon enrollment to determine language status.
  • The State English Language Proficiency Assessment is given each year to all LEP students in the district.
  • Each ESL center has an assigned ESL teacher.
  • Inservices and training workshops are offered yearly to Clarksville-Montgomery County School employees.
  • Some District forms are available in different languages to address community needs.

Transition and Exiting

After students meet the exiting criteria on the English Language Development Assessment, students are moved to the T1 status (first year in transition) and then the T2 status (second year in transition). After the student completes these two years of transition successfully, the student is considered to be a former ESL student. If a student is struggling with academics in the regular classroom during the T1 and T2 status, the student can always be pulled back into active ESL status.

Student Monitoring

ESL students are monitored for two years after meeting exit criteria. These two years are considered transitional years to ensure grade level success. In the first monitoring year the ESL student is classified as T1 (Transitional 1), and in the second monitoring year the student is classified as T2 (Transitional 2). If there is an indication that the T1 or T2 student is not being successful in the regular classroom, additional ESL support services are offered if it is determined that the lack of English language proficiency is the problem. Support services could be limited to assistance in a specific content area, or the student could re‐enter the ESL program for direct instructional services, if necessary.

Resource/Parent Internet Use

Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools offer parent resources and internet use at The Learning Center North on the campus of Northwest High School and The Learning Center at 343 Pageant Lane.

English As A Second Language Chain of Success:
Proper Student Identification + Quality Direct Instruction + Involved Parents = Successful English Language Learners