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English as a New Language

Hamilton County Schools offers English as a New Language (ENL), also referred to as ESL, that provides academic, cultural, social, and support services to K-12 students who are limited English proficient. The WIDA ELD Standards, used in conjunction with Tennessee academic standards, support both language and content in the classroom.  ENL specialists plan for and deliver instruction based on the SIOP Model, a research-validated model of instruction currently available for teaching English learners.

Did you know that in Hamilton County Schools…

  • Over 8350 students have a non-English language background
  • Over 112 languages are represented
  •  Over 85 countries of origin are represented
  •  Over 4300 students are eligible to receive ESL direct services 

All parents have the right to information about their child’s education in a language they understand. When your child enrolls in school, the school will ask you about the language you would like to use when communicating with the school. This helps your school identify your language needs so they can provide translated documents and/or an interpreter,  at no cost to the family.

Interested in working for the Hamilton County Schools ENL Department?

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ENL Department


A division of the Department of Opportunity and Access