GCISD to open Language Assessment Center

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is developing a Language Assessment Center to offer personalized, dedicated support for English Language Learners and their families who are new to the district.

The Language Assessment Center is being developed to help streamline the process of placing students, whose primary language is a language other than English, into the appropriate instructional program in GCISD that best suits the child’s individual needs. Consolidating this process at the Language Assessment Center will ensure a positive introduction to GCISD for new families with diverse language and cultural backgrounds.

“The opening of the Language Assessment Center will allow new students and their families to have a positive, customized experience as they seek to make the best decisions for their children's education,” said Jodi Cox, GCISD Director of World Languages. 

The program will work to enhance structures that are currently in place for English Language Learners when they first enter the district. At the Center, staff will review available records, interview parents and conduct comprehensive language testing. Based on this information, students then will be enrolled at the campus with the most appropriate program to best serve each individual child’s needs. Starting the school year at the correct campus will give students a greater opportunity to develop and sustain the bonds they create with their teacher, principal and campus staff.

“Developing positive, supportive relationships is a key component to helping students succeed and engaging families in their child’s education,” Cox said. “One of the main goals of the Center is to be the link between new families and the GCISD community and we will work to help them acclimate to their new school and become a part of their campus community.”

The Center is scheduled to open in summer 2014 and will be housed on the grounds of Timberline Elementary School. Additional details will be posted on the GCISD website as they become available.