• English Learners 

    Teresa Vignaroli, Supervisor

    Heather Crawford, EL Instructional Specialist 
    Gabriella D. Hash, EL Professional Learning Specialist
    Veronica Cuadrado Hart, EL Family & Community Engagement Coordinator
    Victor Yager
    , Dual Language Assessor
    Lisa Jones, EL Program Assistant 

    Phone: 571-252-1390
    Fax: 571-252-1636


    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 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.” 

  • Welcome Center

    The Welcome Center of Loudoun County Public Schools helps families and students, registering with a language other than English, develop their personalized educational goals.
    Welcome Center Brochure (English)

    Welcome Center Staff

    Coordinator - Jennifer Ferrance

     Counseling Team - Marissa Yzita & Zehra Tekin
    Welcome Center Assessor - Nicole Broderick
    Welcome Center Liaison - Lucia Chang
    Lead Assessor - Laura Castillo-Gomez
     Family Engagement Team -  Sonia Mendoza & Ivanna Aragundi
    Phone:  571-252-1680 
    FAX: 571-252-1636 
    Welcome Center Logo  

  • Welcome Center FAQs

    1. How do I enroll my student in school?
    • Enrollment to Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) begins at the student’s home school.
    • If a language other than English is indicated on the Home Language Information section of the LCPS student registration form, the school registrar submits a request to the Welcome Center
    2. Who visits the Welcome Center?

    The Welcome Center reviews the request:

    • If an appointment is necessary, the Welcome Center will contact the student’s family to schedule an appointment. or
    • If student is transferring from a division within the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) consortium, the Welcome Center will contact the student’s previous school of attendance and request their English Learners (EL) records. If able to obtain the records, the student may not need a Welcome Center appointment.
    3. What happens at an appointment for an elementary student?

    If your student is in elementary school (grades K-5) your appointment will be approximately 1-2 hours, and will consist of:

    • EL screening
    • Information on student’s school and LCPS programs
    • Information on community resources
    4. What happens at an appointment for a secondary student?
    If your student is in secondary school (grades 6-12) your appointment will be approximately 2.5-4 hours, and will consist of:
    • Welcome Center School Counselor meeting, including:
      • Academic history review
      • Foreign transcript review, if necessary
      • Course/program recommendations
    • EL screening
    • Math placement assessment, if necessary
    • Information on student’s school and LCPS programs
    • Information on community resources
    • English Test for Credit, if applicable
    5. What should I bring to the appointment?
    • All adults (age 18 and older) should bring a photo ID.
    • Secondary school students should bring school records, snacks, and water.
    6. Can I drop off my student and come back?
    No, an adult must remain on site/present for the duration of the appointment for all students under the age of 18
    7. When can my student start school?
    Your student’s school will contact you and let you know when your student may start school.

    8. Where can I find more information?
    Additional information about LCPS can be found under the Family & Community Engagement section below. Here you will find the Parent Resource Guide, which is available in both English and Spanish.
    9. Where is the Welcome Center?

    21000 Education Court, Suite 510 Ashburn, Virginia 20148

  • 2020 Secondary EL Summer School

    2020 English Learner Middle & High School Newcomer Summer Program 

    The EL Summer School program is a half day program that focuses on language development for EL students, Levels 1.0-2.5, in sixth through twelfth grades.  Small groups of students meet in self-contained classrooms with an experienced language teacher. Students will engage in meaningful activities to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.  Students who have been recommended by their EL teacher are eligible to attend. Please see the documents below for more information regarding the middle and high school newcomer programs. A parent registration link will be posted below prior to the registration period opening. 

    EL Middle School Newcomer Summer Program

    EL High School Newcomer Summer Program


  • LIEP Eligibility

    WiDA, is the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium is a non-profit cooperative of states working together to meet the federal requirements for English learners (ELs) with innovative standards and assessments.  
    Federal law requires that states provide a screening and identification process to determine eligibility for students who may be in need of English-language support. Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) meets this requirement by asking families to complete the Home Language Information section of the LCPS registration form. If the answer to any of the questions indicates a language other than English, students are screened to determine Language Instruction Education Program (LIEP) eligibility. 
    Federally approved WIDA assessments are used to determine EL eligibility and provide parents and educators information regarding a student’s English skills.

  • LIEP by Grade Level

    Elementary School - EL students enrolled in kindergarten are eligible to attend school full-day. All students identified as EL will receive LIEP (Language Instruction Educational Program) services in their kindergarten classrooms. EL teachers will work with kindergarten teachers to provide services in the most inclusive manner possible.
    EL students spend the majority of their day in their classrooms with English-speaking peers. EL students are provided services through sheltered content instruction and/or co-teaching of core content subject areas, often through lessons based on the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP). The EL teacher works closely with the classroom teacher to provide the most appropriate services and to support the academic content being taught within a language framework. This is done by reinforcing academic vocabulary, using strategies specific to EL instruction, and by modifying and adapting materials, instruction, and curriculum based on individual student language needs. This service is available at the home school of each EL student.
    Middle School  - To determine which services and programs are most appropriate for a middle school EL, consideration of a student's language proficiency level, grade level, and educational background is examined. A student may be placed within a co-teaching setting with the general education teacher collaborating with an EL Teacher to ensure the student acquires listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students with a lower proficiency level in English may be placed in an intensive language enriched classroom, while higher proficiency EL students may be placed in a general education setting with support provided by an EL teacher.
    High School - A variety of sheltered content courses are available to high school EL students. These courses allow students to receive instruction in English, reading, math, science, and social studies at an appropriate linguistic level. To best determine which services and programs are most appropriate for a high school EL, the following should be considered: proficiency level, grade level, and educational background. Additionally, a careful review of the student’s transcripts must be conducted to ensure appropriate course placement. For more information regarding course offerings, please refer to the High School Program of Studies. 

  • Family & Community Engagement

    Click on the links below to view parent resources:
    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.
    • Parents can get involved at their schools - join Parents as Educational Partners (PEP). See links to brochures on the left.
    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.

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