ESL Welcome Center at Watkins ECC

Welcome!

English as a Second Language Welcome Center
The ESL Welcome Center will assist you with school information and provide English as a Second Language testing for your child.

Address: 21 Burns Drive, Newport News, VA 23601
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. , Monday-Friday
Phone: (757) 283-7823 (Hablamos Español)

¡Bienvenido!

Ingles como Segunda Lengua Centro de Bienvenidos
El Centro de Bienvenidos les ofrece ayuda con información escolar y exámenes de aptitud en ingles para su niño.

Dirección: 21 Burns Drive, Newport News, VA 23601
Horas: 8:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m., lunes-viernes
Phone: (757) 283-7823 (Hablamos Español)

The ESL Welcome Center services all K-12 prospective ESL students, and is located at Watkins Early Childhood Center. The ESL Welcome Center houses 2 full-time registrars, 2 full-time ESL Assessment Specialists, 2 Family Engagement Specialists, and 1 Communications Liaison.

All English Learners (ELs) and their parents / guardians must begin the registration process by visiting sbo.nn.k12.va.us/registration. Once there, families must fill out the online registration, including the Home Language Survey, and upload any relevant documentation. If the student qualifies for an initial language screening, then the online registration will be forwarded to the Welcome Center's queue. The registrar at the Welcome Center will contact the family for an appointment to complete the registration process, verify documents, and have the student(s) assessed for possible placement in the ESL program.

If the student qualifies for language services based on the initial screening, the parent / guardian must sign a Permission to Enroll in ESL form. Once the Permission to Enroll in ESL form is signed, the Welcome Center will assign the student to an ESL appropriate site where the family will go to finalize the registration process.

If the student qualifies for ESL program services but the parent / guardian refuses services, the parent / guardian must sign a Refusal of Services form.The student will be assigned to his/her zoned school to complete the registration process.

If the student does not qualify for ESL program services based on the initial assessment data, the ESL Assessment Specialist will assign the student to the zoned school and refer the family to that site to finalize the registration process.

The ESL Welcome Center Registrar will continue the NNPS initial registration process that began at the zoned school; however, the finalized and verified registration will take place at the student’s designated school after the initial language assessment.

Each NNPS school has an ESL Welcome Center flyer in English and Spanish with the directions, map, and the ESL Welcome Center phone number.

We have a Spanish interpreter / translator at the ESL Welcome Center to assist you.