The LCPS EL Program is dedicated to empowering ELs to make meaningful contributions to the world by providing ELs with the necessary language skills to become independent, productive, and successful members of society.
The EL program provides EL students with instruction in the English language by emphasizing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through the use of a structured English language approach. EL students are provided services in models that best fit the linguistic level of each student while not compromising the grade-level content and rigor. Likewise, service models are differentiated to best meet individual student needs in the most inclusive environment. A blend of age-appropriate, research-based instructional strategies, such as the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) and instruction in the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards, allows ELs to access the content of the general education classroom. “The goal of English language proficiency standards is to build a foundation in the English language that will enable EL students to succeed in each academic content area.”
Family & Community EngagementClick on the links below to view parent resources:Family Resource Guide (English)Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) (English)Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) (Spanish)Colorin Colorado! - a bilingual site for families and educators of English language learners
How Parents of EL Students Can Help Their Children Learn
- Parents can volunteer at their children’s school and become involved in school events, activities, and programs.
- Parents can encourage their children to strive to achieve academically.
- Parents can provide a place to study and help with schoolwork.
- Parents can establish a partnership relationship with their children’s teacher.
- Parents can encourage their children to participate in school activities, to increase their interaction with peers, and to improve their social and academic language.
- Parent Liaisons and the Parent Center can help empower parents to become active participants in the education of their children.
The Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) program in LCPS promotes parent involvement in the school community for parents whose primary language is not English. PEP program participants attend classes to learn about the educational system in the United States and LCPS, gaining information that will enable them to be decision makers and advocates in their children’s education.
- Parents can get involved at their schools - join Parents as Educational Partners (PEP). See links to brochures on the left.
Head Start and STEP Programs
Loudoun County Public Schools Pre-K programs, STEP & Head Start, provide a quality preschool experience with comprehensive services at no cost to qualifying families. Your family may qualify for these programs if you:
- reside in Loudoun County, Virginia
- your child meets age guidelines and
- your family meets income guidelines or your child has an identified disability (IEP)
Though families may qualify, spaces are limited and selection is based on need, not “first come, first serve".
Welcome CenterThe Welcome Center of Loudoun County Public Schools helps families and students, registering with a language other than English, develop their personalized educational goals.