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Debbie Sommer
Debbie Sommer
Curriculum Leader for Foreign Language and ESL


Swanzetta Hicks
Swanzetta Hicks
ESL Administrative Assistant,


The English as a Second Language Department strives to provide instructional support to students and families that speak a language other than English as their first language.  Hampton City Schools has three ESL centers, one for elementary, one for middle and one for high school students.  If a student is found eligible for ESL support, he/she will attend one of the ESL centers.  Transportation is provided by HCS at no cost to the family.  

photo of a famiy of fourAll instruction is provided to ESL students in English.  It is the goal of this program to prepare students for academic success in the regular classroom upon completion of the program.

Learning Objectives English Language Learners

  • English Language Learners communicate for Social and Instructional purposes within the school setting.
  • English Language Learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Language Arts.
  • English Language Learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Mathematics.
  • English Language Learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Science.
  • English Language Learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Social Studies.

Langley Elementary School provides academic support to ESL students through core content instruction.  ESL students receive instruction from a certified ESL teacher during one or more of the core academic content areas, language arts, science, social studies or math.  ESL students participate in the same grade level activities and curriculum as their non-ESL peers.  At Langley Elementary, there is one ESL teacher per grade level, K-5.  ESL students in grades 3-5 must participate in the Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments each year.

Lindsay Middle School has two certified ESL teachers that provide instructional support and lessons during the ESL student’s language arts block.  The ESL teacher teaches the Hampton City Schools approved curriculum on the student’s academic level incorporating strategies and accommodations to ensure success.  ESL students are expected to participate in all Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments.

Hampton High School has two certified ESL teachers to provide instruction in English 9-12 and English as a Foreign Language classes.  High school ESL students receive English credits and foreign language credits upon successful completion of these classes.  ESL students attend up to three ESL classes, per semester, depending on their language proficiency level.  ESL students have to take and pass all End-of-Course (EOC) exams and SOL tests in order to graduate.

Please contact the ESL department to schedule an appointment for an English proficiency screening before going to your zoned school for registration.

The language proficiency screening consists of a listening, speaking, reading, and writing component.  Potential ESL students in grades K-12 must take this assessment before they can register in a Hampton City School.  At the completion of the screening, the student will be directed to the appropriate school for ESL or the zoned school if no ESL services are needed.  A parent or guardian must accompany the student to the ESL office for the screening to be administered.

It is the parents’ right to refuse ESL services and enroll the student in the zoned school.  Once a student has been identified as Limited English Proficient, he/she will be re-evaluated yearly.  Parents will be notified of the testing dates and results by mail.

Hampton City Schools requires all potential students to provide the following documents for school registration.  These documents are also necessary when a student is being evaluated for ESL services.

  • Student’s Birth Certificate and/or passport
  • A photo ID or passport of the student’s parent or guardian
  • Court Issued Custody Papers (for students living with a guardian)
  • Proof of Residency
    • This must be a power bill, gas bill, water bill, lease, or mortgage papers with the Hampton address and the parent/guardian’s name
    • If residing with another family, an Affidavit must be completed and notarized before enrollment can take place (you can get an Affidavit from the Student Services’ Office).

Building registration of students with language other than English

For further information please call the ESL Office at 727-2483.

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Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge.  The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase.  By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.”  Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper,


HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies. 


The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.

Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing,, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

·      A description of the accessibility concern or question;

·      The webpage address of the requested material;

·      The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;

·      The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.

Some documents on the website are in a portable document format (PDF).  The Adobe website provides a free service to convert Acrobat PDF files to other formats, including text and HTML.  Adobe’s web-based tool will quickly change an Acrobat file into an HTML file or textile.  The online PDF conversion form is available on the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat.  With this tool, users can read PDF files with a screen reader.  Adobe and the Trace Research Center also offer a free Acrobat conversion service that converts PDF files to text or HTML format by sending a user’s request via email.  All individuals with internet service can access the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat PDF website.


HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as, as available” basis.  HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein.  The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors.  Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.