ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

  • Begun in 1977, Alachua County's ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program offers intensive English instruction to students whose native language is not English.  Students who choose to attend the ESOL center schools are taught in small classes where oral communication is stressed.  Students have the chance to try out their knowledge of English in small, comfortable classes for part of the day.  For the remainder of the day, they attend regular classes with other students, allowing them to meet many different children. 

    ESOL centers are located at three (3) area schools: J. J. Finley Elementary School, Westwood Middle School, and Gainesville High School.  The ESOL teachers and their assistants have a great deal of experience in helping students become comfortable with the English language and American culture.  ESOL teachers are sensitive to the needs and differences of their students.

    Students who do not choose to attend an ESOL center school may attend their school of zone where they are provided comprehensible instruction by a qualified teacher.  Teachers use ESOL strategies to ensure that students learn English as well as the class content.  



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  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Assessment for English Language Acquisition

    Florida uses the ACCESS for ELLs suite of assessments as a tool to measure English Language Learners (ELLs) proficiency in the English language; thus, ensuring the skills needed in school to achieve at high levels, academically.  Testing begins on January 28, 2019 and ends on March 22, 2019. Contact your school to find out when your student will be tested. See below for parent resources.

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Contact Us

  • Don Fitzpatrick
    ESOL Coordinator (K-12) /
    Secondary ELA Curriculum Specialist
    E-mail:  fitzpatrickdk
    Phone: (352) 955-7627

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  • Bessie Criscione
    ESOL Endorsement
    Supervisor Staff Development
    E-mail:  criscionebl
    Phone: (352) 955-7650

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  • Kamil Leavitt
    ESOL/Immigrant Family Liaison Specialist
    (Non-center Schools)
    E-mail: leavittkl
    Phone: (352) 955-6707, ext. 5492

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  • Gloria Schwartz
    ESOL/Immigrant Family Liaison Specialist
    ESOL Center Schools
    E-mail: schwartzgv
    Phone: (352) 955-6707, ext. 5492

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