English Learners Registration

How to Register 

If English is not the first language for you and your family, your child should be enrolled through the Office of English Learners. During the enrollment, your child will be assessed to determine if they are eligible for EL services.

Female student in EL office

  • In-Person: We are accepting walk-ins at the EL Office, Hispanic Family Foundation, and Antioch High School Enrollment Center. Walk-ins welcome from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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

  • Important: 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.

Registration Requirements

Bring the following with you to your appointment:

  • Student'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.

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

  • One parent/legal guardian must be present with picture ID.

  • Information regarding previous Special Education services, if applicable.

  • School transcripts if available.

 

What to Expect

  • Plan to be in the office for 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.

  • Staff 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.

  • You 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

The registration and assessment process for Non-English Language Background, or NELB, families takes place in one of our EL Student Registration and Assessment Centers:

 

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.

A parent/guardian must complete a home language survey when the student first enters MNPS. The form must be completed in its entirety, signed, and dated. If the first three questions of the survey 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.

 

Enrolling from Other High Schools

High school students who are English Learners enrolling in Metro Nashville Public Schools from a United States high school will be enrolled in the last grade completed or attended at previous school.

 

Translated Registration Information 

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English Learners Program