ESL Program : ELL Parent Resources

The English Language Acquisition Department (OELL) exists to ensure that children whose first language is not English, and/or who are limited in English, successfully participate in an educational system conducted only in English. The goal is to teach English language learners as rapidly as possible so that they can fully participate in all academic programs offered in the district.

The goal of the ESL Parenting Centers is to provide parents with the tools to help their children be successful. Parent Liaisons are bilingual and provide families with information about a variety of community resources available to them in their native language.

Recommendations for the Parents of ELLs

The OELL makes the following recommendations to help your child adjust to school in the district. The district has an obligation to provide school
information available in their native languages, interpreters are available. Ask the school. If you need help with communication, call 349-7776.

  • Review The Procedures and Policies for Parents and Students handbook with your child (translated into Spanish, Vietnamese and Arabic)
  • Read the school system calendar.
  • Use the Parent Portal to obtain daily updates of your child’s grades, attendance, school calendars, and schedule.
  • Create and enforce a homework routine.
  • Communicate with the teachers and bilingual paraprofessionals every 9 weeks.
  • Read with your child daily. Your child’s first language will help your child on learning English.
  • Visit the community library regularly.
  • Expect to receive interim reports every 3rd and 6th weeks and report cards each nine-weeks of each marking period. Ask for them if you do not receive them.
  • Schedule conferences with your child’s teachers. Request an interpreter if needed. You can request a conference any time during the school year.
  • ASK questions if you need more information. All of your questions are important.
  • Volunteer at your child’s school.
  • Complete and return all forms from the school.

The ESL Parent Centers Are Open on the East Bank and on the West Bank

Parent centers are resource centers for parents of ESL students. The centers are open to all parents/guardians M-F. Parents are welcome to come to the centers to use computers, books, informative material, videos, and pamphlets to help their children. Information is available in several languages.

The centers offer regular parent workshops and basic computer classes for adults during school hours. Workshop and class schedules are flexible to
accommodate the needs of participating parents.

Mrs. Areli Hernández
Higgins High School
7201 Lapalco Blvd.
Marrero, LA 70072
Telephone: (O) 762-8481 (C) 710-2286
Hours: 8:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m.


Mrs. Mayra Casiano
Room #102 Paul Emenes Building
822 Clearview Parkway
Elmwood, LA 70123
Telephone: (O) 504-736-7377
Hours: 8:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m.

Bilingual Parent Liaisons

  • Guide and inform parents on how to support their children’s education.
  • Link parents to community resources.
  • Translate written communication for parents, teachers and school personal.
  • Interpret for non-English speaking parents and schools staff.
  • Facilitate parent/school communication.
  • Maintain the Parenting Center.
  • Distribute information to individual ESL schools for parents of ESL students.
  • Assist parents in completing paperwork and making contacts or appointments.
  • Sponsor field trips to the library and community colleges.
  • Offer computer classes.
  • Teach parents about the American education system.