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How are English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students provided counseling services? How do we ensure that students who speak other languages are provided access to counselors who speak their language? How are the ESOL counselors and ESOL transition counselor positions allocated to support students? (Is there a ratio)?

Question#: 18

ANSWER:

ESOL students receive group counseling sessions as determined by the needs of the students at each school and/or through specific counseling requests made by school staff. In addition, ESOL students receive one-on-one counseling.  Typically, students are referred to an ESOL counselor by the ESOL teacher or the school counselor, but any school staff member can refer an ESOL student for counseling services. Identified schools have an ESOL counselor that serves their school on a regular (1-5 days per week depending on the number of students receiving services) basis.  Schools that do not receive regularly scheduled weekly service obtain ESOL counseling service through the MCPS referral process.  When a student is referred for ESOL counseling services, every effort is made to provide those services in the student’s native language.  Our team currently has native speakers of Amharic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Currently, we do not have a specific ratio for ESOL counselors and ESOL transition counselors to students. However, specific schools are identified to receive regularly scheduled, weekly service from ESOL counselors according to the following criteria:

  • All high schools with ESOL centers;
  • All schools with Multidisciplinary Educational Training and Support (METS) programs not identified above and Thomas Edison High School of Technology;
  • Eight middle schools without METS programs with the largest number of ESOL Level 1, 2, and 3 students (status determined annually, and may change depending on enrollment numbers); and
  • Six elementary schools without METS programs with the largest number of ESOL Level 1, 2, and 3 students (status determined annually, and may change depending on enrollment numbers).

In addition, all high school ESOL centers with METS programs and the two largest non-METS ESOL centers receive on-site support from a school-based ESOL counselor two or more days per week.  For the 2017-18 school year, all other schools are served by ESOL transition counselors. The chart below identifies current school assignments for ESOL counselors.

ESOL Counselor Assignments 17-18

School #

School

Level

Cluster

METS Center

HS Center

553

Gaithersburg

ES

Gaithersburg

spacerspacer

 

797

Harmony Hills

ES

Wheaton/DCC

 

 

304

JoAnn Leleck at Broad Acres

ES

Springbrook/NEC

x

 

791

New Hampshire Estates

ES

Blair/DCC

 

 

771

Rolling Terrace

ES

Blair/DCC

 

 

779

Sargent Shriver

ES

Wheaton/DCC

x

 

564

South Lake

ES

Watkins Mill

spacer

x

 

563

Summit Hall

ES

Gaithersburg

spacerspacer

 

558

Whetstone

ES

Watkins Mill

spacerspacerspacer

 

787

A. Mario Loiederman

MS

Wheaton/DCC

x

 

823

Argyle

MS

Kennedy/DCC

 

 

818

Col. E. Brooke Lee

MS

Kennedy/DCC

 

 

820

Earle B. Wood

MS

Rockville

x

 

775

Eastern

MS

Blair/DCC

x

 

248

Forest Oak

MS

Gaithersburg

 

 

311

Francis Scott Key

MS

Springbrook/NEC

 

 

554

Gaithersburg

MS

Gaithersburg

spacer

x

 

211

Julius West

MS

R. Montgomery

x

 

557

Mont Village

MS

Watkins Mill

x

 

115

Neelsville

MS

Watkins Mill

x

 

812

Parkland

MS

Wheaton/DCC

 

 

647

Silver Spring International

MS

Blair/DCC

 

 

778

Sligo

MS

Einstein/DCC

x

 

755

Takoma Park

MS

Blair/DCC

x

 

232

Tilden

MS

W. Johnson

 

 

412

Westland

MS

BCC

 

 

811

White Oak

MS

Springbrook/NEC

x

 

406

Bethesda Chevy Chase

HS

BCC

x

x

249

Clarksburg

HS

Damascus

 

x

789

Einstein

HS

Einstein/DCC

x

x

551

Gaithersburg

HS

Gaithersburg

x

x

815

Kennedy

HS

Kennedy/DCC

 

x

510

Magruder

HS

Magruder

 

x

757

Montgomery Blair

HS

Blair/DCC

x

x

796

Northwood

HS

Northwood/DCC

x

x

125

Quince Orchard

HS

Quince Orchard

x

x

201

Richard Montgomery

HS

R. Montgomery

x

x

230

Rockville

HS

Rockville

x

x

104

Seneca Valley

HS

Seneca Valley

x

x

503

Sherwood

HS

Sherwood

 

x

798

Springbrook

HS

Springbrook/NEC

x

x

748

Thomas Edison High School of Technology

HS

Wheaton

 

 

424

Walter Johnson

HS

W. Johnson

 

x

545

Watkins Mill

HS

Watkins Mill

x

x

782

Wheaton

HS

Wheaton/DCC

x

x

427

Whitman

HS

Whitman

 

x

 

 

 

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