270 East State Street
Columbus, OH 43215
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About ESL

ESL Mission

The mission of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is to assure that English language learners (ELLs) receive a high quality education from qualified and caring professionals, the results of which are academic and social success.

ESL Philosophy

The Columbus City Schools recognizes the need for English language learners to have both oral and written skills in order to function successfully in mainstream American society. The ability to speak and understand English is, by itself, insufficient for effective progression in school. Proficiency in reading and writing is critical to students' academic achievement and comprehension of content material in all subjects.

ESL Program Overview

ESL is a multi-faceted program offering English language classes and content-area assistance to limited English proficient (LEP) students enrolled in the Columbus City Schools.

The goal of the ESL Program is for students to acquire a level of English language proficiency that enables them to meet grade level promotion requirements, state-mandated graduation requirements, and, ultimately, to compete successfully in mainstream society.

The Columbus City Schools ESL program provides the following for its staff and students:        

    • Tutorial assistance in content area subjects
    • An environment that fosters pride in native culture, establishes positive self-esteem, and facilitates acculturation into American society
    • Bilingual personnel who act as a liaison between the home, school, and community
    • Assistance to ESL and regular classroom teachers in best practices for working with students from diverse language and cultural backgrounds 
  • Click here to download the ESL Handbook


If you finished all the classes in Columbus City Schools and need help with OGT test preparation please call us at  
(614) 365 8802.
Only for parents of the ESL students currently enrolled in Columbus City Schools
please call
(614) 365 8802
for more information
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