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RCMS ESOL Compliance Specialist
Annabel Rodriguez - (407) 249-6430 

ESOL Program Models

Sheltered ESOL Program - Sheltered Instruction
Sheltered instruction is an approach for teaching content to English Language Learners (ELL) in strategic ways that make the subject matter concepts comprehensible while promoting the students’ English language development. At RCMS, we have a Sheltered ESOL Program for English Language Learners who need English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. Participation in this Program is determined by the student’s performance on standardized tests.  Students are considered for exiting the program when they achieve proficient scores in all domains of the Florida Comprehensive English Language Assessment (CELLA) test and a reading score of three (3) or above in the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). In addition, the IDEA Proficiency Test (IPT) is used as an alternative method for placing students in the appropriate program of ESOL instruction or exiting students as needed.

ESOL Mainstream

In Basic Mainstream Instruction students are taught exclusively in English alongside fluent English speakers. Once out of the ESOL program, students’ academic progress is monitored for two years to ensure academic success.

For more information about the ESOL program and access to parent resources you can visit the OCPS Multilingual Services webpage by clicking here.