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. 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 Pallu Reddy from the English Learner Office at (615) 259-3282 ext. 858269.
2. 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 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 3rd Saturday of every month
3. 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.
4. 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.
If you would like to be assigned a Parent Ambassador, or would like to volunteer to be a Parent Ambassador yourself, contact the English Learner Office at (615) 259-3282 ext. 858256.
5. 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 an interpreter: submit your request through this link: Request an Interpreter
6. 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- 1:30 p.m.
WMGC-EL Jefe 96.7/810: Let's Talk about Education, Wednesdays 1- 2 p.m.
WKDA-RADIO LUZ 900: Educating the Community, Fridays 12 - 1 p.m.
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 Student Registration and Assessment Center (ISRAC) or at the EL Office. To determine the eligibility of EL services, Federal Law requires that the parent or legal guardian of the student complete a Home Language Survey. Then, based on the information provided in this survey it will be determined if the student needs to be assessed for English language proficiency.
International Student Registration and Assessment Center (ISRAC)
5252 Hickory Hollow Parkway
Antioch, TN 37013
Hispanic Family Foundation
3927 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
Office of English Learners
615 Fessey Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204
Glencliff High School
160 Antioch Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
Prior to your appointment
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