English Learners

Update April 2020: The MNPS assists parents in accessing a variety of different strategies for our district’s diverse learners. This document will continue to be updated during school closure for the COVID-19 pandemic as we learn of additional resources for our students.

world class services for our english learners

At Metro Nashville Public Schools, we believe our diversity makes us stronger.

Nashville is a community rich with diversity and we are lucky to have students from more than 130 countries enrolled in our schools. The district is currently home to more than 14,000 active English learners. 

Integrating into a new country can be very difficult for students and families and, coupled with language barriers, the transition can be emotionally draining and difficult. That’s why the Office of English Learners (EL),  a leading EL program in the United States, is committed to designing an EL program that promotes cross-cultural education, facilitates emotional growth and protects the cultural identity of our students. 

We offer carefully tailored programs and services for English Learners with all of the following language backgrounds:

serving our students

MNPS is committed to supporting all English learners throughout their journey to English fluency, regardless of their starting level of English comprehension. Our EL teachers, 750 in total, work with students to provide English learner services every day during school hours.

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSA typical day in the classroom could look like: 

  • Small group instruction with English learner services

  • Strategic language instruction in reading, writing, listening and speaking teacher for language development 

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSWatch Back to School 2020 information in Arabic, Burmese, Kurdish, Nepali, Spanish, Somali, Swahili

In addition, the EL office also provides the following services:

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSEnglish language assessment that ensures students receive personalized language learning assistance

  • One-on-one enrollment sessions

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSIndividual learning plans personalized to the language needs of each student

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSInterpreters throughout the district to connect families with their schools. 

  • Advocate for students and families 

  • Supplemental language and literacy software for English learners

  • Summer school and after school extended learning opportunities


Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSIf English is not the first language for you and your family, your child should be enrolled in our English Learners Program.

In Person: You can register in person beginning July 6, 2020 by making an appointment. Call 615-259-8608 or email ELreg@mnps.org for a registration appointment. We are not able to take any walk-ins. 

Call or Email: If a language other than English is spoken at home, and you need a translator call 615-259-8608 for an appointment. 

Important:Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOS To keep us all safe from COVID-19, masks must be worn in our offices and we ask that only one guardian per family come to our office to register students.

Once your child has been registered for the EL program, your entire family will be eligible to participate in the wide variety of programs we offer to EL families. If you have any questions, you can read our Frequently Asked Questions below, or call us directly at the number listed above.


Registration Requirements

Bring the following with you to your appointment:

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSStudent’s proof of birth (birth certificate, I-94, passport, visa)

  • Immunization record on TN Format.

  • Student’s current physical examination performed in the U.S. that is less than a (1) year old.

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSProof of residence in parent/guardian name, dated within the past 30 days (Utility bill or lease agreement, mortgage statement, etc.)

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSOne parent / legal guardian must be present with picture ID.

  • Information regarding previous Special Education services, if applicable.

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSSchool transcripts if available.

What to Expect

  • Plan to be in the office for an 1-1.5 hours (per student) to complete the testing and registration process. In special cases the process may take longer so, plan your schedule accordingly. The reception area is small and needs to be quiet for testing. Please limit the number of family members you bring to the appointment.

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSStaff will make copies of necessary documents for school.

  • Staff will interview the parent(s) regarding the student’s previous education.

  • Your child will be given an English proficiency test in writing, reading, speaking, and comprehension.

  • If necessary, you will be offered English Learner Services for your child.

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSYou will be given information about the school to which your child will be assigned based on the family’s address.

Registration requirements, translated: Arabic | Somali | Nepali

Where to Register

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSThe registration and assessment process for Non-English Language Background (NELB) families takes place in one of our International Student Registration and Assessment Center (ISRAC) or at the EL Office.

Home Language Survey

To determine the eligibility of EL services, Federal Law requires that the parent or legal guardian of the student complete a Home Language Survey (Arabic, Burmese, English, Kurdish, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese). A parent/guardian must complete an HLS when the student first enters MNPS. The form must be completed in its entirety, signed and dated. If the first three questions of the HLS indicate the student speaks another language or that another language is spoken at home, the parent/ guardian should make an appointment with the International Student Registration Center at the EL Office by calling (615) 259-8608. Then, based on the information provided in this survey it will be determined if the student needs to be assessed for English language proficiency.

ISRAC Locations

Supporting our families

MNPS provides many services for our EL families. Click below to learn more about each one.

Nashville is a diverse and vibrant community. MNPS works with many community partners throughout the city to support students and their families. Learn more about our diverse city and how it is invested in Metro School.

LEAF (Linking, Empowering and Advancing Families) community nights offer basic and intermediate English classes for parents, while students attend their own classes.

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The American legal system can complicated. Once a month, we offer families legal counsel with experienced attorneys for all non-criminal issues, at no cost to families.

Where: Office of English Learners: 615 Fessey Park Road, Nashville, Tenn., 37204

When: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 3rd Saturday of every month

Our EL office provides a notary service for all EL families, free of charge, for school-related purposes.

Our parent ambassador program partners EL parents who are new to Nashville with other parents who have experience with MNPS and who speak the same language. Parent Ambassadors act as guides, advocates and friends to the families they are partnered with as they go through the process of integration. If you would like to be assigned a Parent Ambassador, or would like to volunteer to be a Parent Ambassador, contact our English Learner Office at(615) 259-3282 ext. 858256.