Academic Support for English for Speakers of Other Languages

The ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Program serves students who come from over 60 countries, including the United States, and speak over 65 languages. Program personnel facilitate English language acquisition, support content instruction, and collaborate with other school personnel to increase student achievement. ESOL services are provided in all schools.

Mission Statement: Giving children from all over the world a new language and new opportunities for the future.

The goal of Greenville County School District’s English for Speakers of Other Languages Program (ESOL) is: To provide equal educational opportunities to students who have a primary home language other than English.


Accommodations and modifications for LEP students should be included in teacher lesson plans and help document our district’s compliance with Title III requirements.


English Language Development (ELD) standards


W-APT - When a student enters the United States for the first time and is attending a Greenville County they are administered the W-APT to assess their English proficiency.  This assessment is used for initial screening of the English language, identification of the student’s level of English language proficiency, and placement for services within the ESOL Program.  WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test information

ACCESS - All students identified as English Language Learners (ELL) in grades K-12 who attend Greenville County Schools grades K-12 are given the ACCESS 2.0.  This English-language proficiency assessment is administered during the months of February and March.  The ACCESS assessment is a standardized English language proficiency test that is used to determine English proficiency in listening, reading, writing, and speaking in compliance with requirements. In order to exit the ESOL program, students must score a 5.0 or higher in all domains (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).  Students are monitored for two years after exiting the program to ensure they are successful in their classes with no need for language assistance. About ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Assessment

Eligible Limited English Proficient (LEP) students entering United States schools for the first time after July 1 of the academic year of testing are exempted from the English Language Arts (ELA) portion of standardized tests.

If you have questions about Greenville County Schools’ ESOL Program please contact your child’s school or the ESOL Department.  

Internet Resources

Colorin Colorado
US Department of Education

Contact Information

Ashley Ziemer,
ESOL Program Coordinator

English for Speakers of Other Languages Program
MT Anderson Support Center
100 Blassingame Road
Greenville, SC 29605
(864) 355-2979 | (864) 355-2984 (fax)

Kerry Culpepper, ESOL Lead Teacher | 864-355-2970

Christine Ware, ESOL Instructional Coach (Elementary) | 864-355-8861

Gloria Hackenberg, ESOL Program High School Specialist-Transcript | 864-355-2985

Tonya Benjamin, ESOL Instructional Coach (Middle/High) | 864-452-0087

Lauren Jennings, ESOL Instructional Coach (Elementary) | 864-452-0086

Ana Hill, ESOL Program Secretary | 864-355-2978