Language Acquisition Division Welcome Center

The Language Acquisition Division (LAD) Welcome Center is dedicated to serving the needs of English Learners by recommending programs that offer targeted support.

Students who communicate in a language other than English or who live in a home where a language other than English is spoken may qualify for English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) services at their school.

To determine eligibility, students must take an English proficiency assessment.

Our Services:

  • Provide orientation and information to linguistically and culturally diverse families new to District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)
  • Screen students to determine eligibility for English support services & placement
  • Recommend school and grade placement
  • Evaluate foreign transcripts for the purpose of awarding high school credits
  • Provide referrals to community-based resources.

English Proficiency Screening

Watch this short video to learn more about the Home Language Survey and how it helps us identify students who may qualify to receive English as a Second Language (ESL) services.

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How to Enroll in DC Public Schools

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our region, all DCPS school buildings are currently closed and distance learning is underway. These videos will walk you through the enrollment process and how to complete the enrollment form online for your student.

Resources for Parents

Follow the link to recent the latest issue of the DCPS Language Acquisition Division parent newsletter.

Contact Us

Office number: 202-671-0750

Language Acquisition Division Welcome Center
MacFarland Middle School
4400 Iowa Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20011

Metro Bus Lines: 52 – 54 – 59 – 62 – 63 – 64 – 70 – 79

Metro Stops: Georgia Avenue / Petworth (Green and Yellow)