English Learner Family Programs

English Learners receive the same great standard of education as students who speak English as their first language. We go to great lengths to help English Learners (EL) integrate into their new homes, Metro Nashville Public Schools and the greater Nashville community.

 

However, a large part of what drives classroom success for our young learners happens at home. Family engagement is critical to success of our EL community, and we are proud to offer a number of programs that cater to the needs of our EL students and their families.

 

What We Offer EL Parents

1. Remote ESL Classes

Our remote ESL classes are the perfect option for parents who cannot commit to spending hours in a classroom each week. We will give you the tools to learn and practice English on your own time, focusing on the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It’s the perfect program for parents who need a flexible, dynamic plan for learning English.

 

To find out more, contact Ruben de Peña from our English Learner Office at

(615) 259-3282 ext. 858256.

 

2. LEAF Community Nights

LEAF stands for Linking, Empowering and Advancing Families. During LEAF Community Nights, parents can participate in basic and intermediate level English classes, while their children attend classes of their own, according to grade level, taught by our accredited teachers. For children who are in middle school or high school, homework tutoring and college preparation work is also available. At the end of the night, community partners will present workshops.

 

To find out more, contact Ruben de Peña from our English Learner Office at

(615) 259-3282 ext. 858256.

 

3. Legal Assistance

The American legal system can be daunting, complicated and stressful. If you are having legal trouble, we want to help relieve some of this burden. We can offer you legal counsel with experienced attorneys for all non-criminal issues. Through MNPS, this legal counsel is 100 percent free! You will not have to pay any of the costs and fees associated with the Metro Legal Aid Society of Tennessee.

 

Where: Office of English Learners

           615 Fessey Park Road

           Nashville, TN 37211

When: 8:00am - 1:30pm, 3rd Saturday of every month

 

4. Notary Public

Our English Learners Office provides a notary service for all EL Families, free of charge. These services are available only for school-related purposes. Contact our English Learners Office in advance to schedule an appointment.

 

5. Parent Ambassadors

Our parent ambassador program partners EL parents who are new to Nashville with other parents who have experience with MNPS and who speak the same language. Parent Ambassadors will acts as guides, advocates and friends to the families they are partnered with as they go through the process of integration.

 

For more information, please review the two documents below:

 

If you would like to be assigned a Parent Ambassador, or would like to volunteer to be a Parent Ambassador yourself, contact Ruben de Peña from our English Learner Office at

(615) 259-3282 ext. 858256.

 

6. Refugee Parent Orientations

MNPS offers monthly training courses for refugee families covering a variety of topics relevant to their children’s schooling. During these courses, we aim to explain the Elementary/Middle/High School tier system, report cards, homework and other MNPS student support services. Translators ensure that all the information presented is understood, and attendees do not leave with any unanswered questions.

 

Where:  Highlands Apartments, Building E (in the basement)
4646 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

When: 10:00am - 11:30am, 1st Friday of every month

To find out more, contact Ruben de Peña from our English Learner Office at

(615) 259-3282 ext. 858256.

 

8. TRANSLATORS & INTERPRETERS

We have gone to great lengths to ensure that EL parents can communicate with their children’s’ school/s in their native language. Our English Learners Office offers translation and interpretation services in 21 different languages through our network of Parent Outreach Translators and Translation Specialists.  Translation services can be requested for parent-teacher conferences, special meetings and more.

How to request a translation: Send your modifiable document to

How to request an interpreter: submit your request through this link:  Request an Interpreter

To find out more, contact Clemencia Donovan from our English Learner Office at 615-259-3282 ext. 858019.

 

9. Radio Support (Spanish Only)

MNPS broadcasts weekly radio shows in Spanish covering a range of topics including current events, learning strategies and schedule changes. Our radio program is hosted by Rubén de Peña and the listings are as follows:

WNVL-RADIO ACTIVA 1240: What's Happening in Metro Nashville Public Schools?

[Monday 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm]

 

WMGC-EL Jefe 96.7/810: Let's Talk about Education

[Wednesdays 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm]

 

WKDA-RADIO LUZ 900: Educating the Community

[Fridays 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm]

 

To find out more, contact Ruben de Peña from our English Learner Office at

(615) 259-3282 ext. 858256.

How To Register

 

The registration and assessment process for Non-English Language Background (NELB) families takes place in one of our International Family Welcome Centers (IFWC) or at the EL Office. Federal law requires a Home Language Survey to determine eligibility for EL Services.

 

International Family Welcome Centers

Location 1

Global Mall
5252 Hickory Hollow Parkway
Antioch, TN 37013

 

Location 2

Hispanic Family Foundation
3927 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

 

Location 3

Office of English Learners
615 Fessey Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204

 

Prior to your appointment…

Required Documents

  • Student’s proof of birth (birth certificate, I-94, passport, visa, etc.)

  • Immunization record on TN Format (New Form)

  • Student’s current physical examination performed in the U.S. that is less than one (1) year old

  • Proof of residence (Water, Electric, Phone bill or rent / lease contract with parent’s name)

  • One parent / legal guardian must be present with a picture ID

Useful documents (if applicable):

  • Information regarding previous Special Education services

  • School records, especially for 9th – 12th grade students

  • Transfer form or name and address of former school in the U.S.

  • High school students should have transcripts from their school, whether in the USA or their native country, available for the Guidance Counselor at the school

 

During your appointment...

  • Staff will make copies of necessary documents for school

  • Staff will help you fill out enrollment paperwork and ask some questions regarding the student’s previous education

  • Your child will be given an English proficiency test in speaking, listening, reading, and writing

  • If necessary, you will be offered English Learner services for your child. It is your choice to accept or decline the EL services

  • You will be given information about your child’s assigned school as determined by the family’s address

After your appointment…

  • Take the paperwork to your child’s school to begin classes

  • High school students will have grade placement assigned at the school