English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a state-funded instructional program for eligible English Language Learners (ELLs) in grades K-12 (Georgia School Law Section 20-2-156 Code 1981, Sec. 20-2-156, enacted in 1985). Title III is a federally funded program. It provides eligible Local Education Agencies (LEAs) sub-grants to provide supplemental services for ELLs. Both ESOL and Title III hold students accountable for progress in English language proficiency and evidence of attainment to the exit level.
The ESOL Program is transitioning from a discrete skills curriculum to a standards-based curriculum emphasizing language proficiency. The program's overarching standard is that students will use English to communicate and demonstrate academic, social, and cultural understanding. To reach this standard, it is critical that instructional approaches, both in ESOL and general education classes accommodate the needs of Georgia's linguistically and culturally diverse student and parent populations. To the extent practicable, it is appropriate to use the home language as a means of facilitating instruction for English language learners and communication with their parents.

For questions or more information about our ESOL program contact:

Amy Nash Shell



McIntosh County ESOL Goals

•To identify and assess all students whose home language is other than English.

•To develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing through an ESOL curriculum.

•To assess and monitor the academic progress of language minority students in the school district with an ongoing evaluation process.

•To create a learning environment that will provide for cognitive and affective needs.

•To support the curriculum and instruction of the regular classroom as appropriate to the developmental stage of the student.

•To increase the student's English language proficiency to the degree necessary for successful functioning in the regular school program.

•To provide the ELL student the opportunity to reach his/her potential.

•To provide staff development in appropriate instructional and assessment strategies for principals, guidance counselors, teachers and other school personnel as needed on the language and cultural needs of multilingual students.

•To communicate goals and expectations to parents and encourage them to support their children's progress.

The English Language Learner (ELL) will make adequate yearly progress as defined in Georgia's consolidated application submitted to the U.S. Department of Education as a result of ‘No Child Left Behind.'

For questions or more information about our ESOL program please contact:

Amy Nash Shell