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Office of Bilingual Education
Garrison Administrative Unit,
East Wing 1200 S Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Main Office: (202) 671-0750
Fax: (202) 671-2667
Office Hours: 7:30 am to 5 pm

The Office of Bilingual Education provides quality educational services to English language learners and their families. DCPS enrolls students from 135 countries, who speak 121 different languages. The five languages other than English spoken most often are Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Amharic, and French. The services provided help these students to attain English language proficiency and to be academically successful.

The District of Columbia Public School system has a district-wide policy regarding services to linguistically and culturally diverse (LCD) students. It is contained in the D.C. Municipal Regulations, Title 5 – Board of Education, Chapter 31 – Education of Language Minority Students adopted October 1, 1993. The introduction reads:

3100 Policy on the Education of Language Minority Students

3100.1 The D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) shall provide an appropriate,publicly supported, comprehensive bilingual/English as a Second Language(ESL) program suited to the needs of DCPS Non-English Proficient (NEP) and Limited English Proficient (LEP) students.

3100.2 The comprehensive bilingual/ESL program shall be equivalent in quality and standards to that provided to native speakers of English.

3100.3 The Superintendent shall ensure that educational services designed for NEP/LEP students will develop English language proficiency and academic skills, enabling these students to participate successfully in the general education program of the D.C. Public Schools.

3100.4 The Superintendent shall ensure the integration and full access of language minority students to all educational programs, services and extracurricular activities of DCPS.

In order to carry out this policy, every DCPS office and officer is charged with the responsibility to serve linguistically and culturally diverse students. Further instruction is provided in the Superintendent’s Directives 421 – Bilingual Instruction, August 1, 1977, and 421.2 – Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for Limited English Proficiency Students, April 27, 1992.

Intake and Assessment Center: (202) 671-2344 (Marsella Herran, Coordinator)

Appointments for orientation, initial language screening, and information on how to register.

Family Community Engagement: (202) 671-0755 (Ivy Chaine, Coordinator)
Foreign transcript evaluation, translation, and interpretation services.

Language Access: (202) 671-0754 (Arnoldo Ramos, Coordinator)
Community and parent liaison, outreach, and compliance.

Instructional Support:

Secondary ESL Programs: (202) 671-0762 (Jeanne Castro, Content Specialist)
Elementary ESL Programs: (202) 671-0761 (Lorna Jefferson, Content Specialist)
Dual Language Programs: (202) 671-2591 (Katarina Brito, Dual Language Developer)
Professional Development: (202) 671-0750 (Deborah Maatta, Language Acquisition Coach)

Data and Assessment for ELLs: (202) 671-0751 (Margaret Miller, IT Specialist) Student test histories, language test scores, enrollment reports, and school reports.

Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE): State English language proficiency standards, accommodation for State Test, and education laws.