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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students

The purpose of Title III, Part A, is to help ensure that children and youth who are limited English proficient, Native American, and/or immigrants, attain English language proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenge State academic standards that all children are expected to meet.

2021 – 2022 ESL Theme: Elevating our Multilingual Scholars through Learning, Language, and Literacy

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Meet Our ESL Team

Administrative Director of Federal Programs, Dr. Sandra Bethley | SBHorton@ebrschools.org

Executive Director of ESL, Cesar Rico | CRico@ebrschools.org

District ESL Instructional Support Specialist, Dr. Amy Pan | APan@ebrschools.org

District ESL Instructional Support Specialist, Anita Harleaux | AHarleaux@ebrschools.org

School Counselor, Mara Girona-Dodd | MGirona@ebrschools.org

Coordinator of Title I, Maricel Salvacion | MSalvacion@ebrschools.org

School and Parent Communication Liaison, Shawna Floyd | ShFloyd@ebrschools.org

Parent Liaison, Amparo Torralbas | ATorralbas@ebrschools.org

Fine Arts

Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

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Fine Arts | Theatre | Visual Arts | Dance | Music | Media Arts

Contact Information

6650 Cedar Grove Ave., Bldg. H, Baton Rouge, LA 70812

(225) 383-2611

Why Fine Arts?

-The arts reach students not normally reached, in ways and methods not normally used; this leads to better student attendance and lower dropout rates.
-It changes the learning environment to one of discovery; this often reignites the love of learning in students tired of just being fed facts.
-Students connect with each other better; this often results in fewer fights, greater understanding of diversity, and greater peer support.
-The arts provide challenges to students of all levels; each student can find their own level from basic to gifted.
-Students learn to become sustained, self-directed learners; the student does not just become an outlet for stored facts from direct instruction, but seeks to extend instruction to higher levels of proficiency 
The student of the fine arts positively impacts the learning of students of lower socioeconomic status as much or more than those of a higher socioeconomic status


The East Baton Rouge Parish School System offers outstanding magnet programs and schools throughout the parish. Many of our magnet schools have been recognized for earning Blue Ribbon status and being awarded numerous Magnet Schools of America Merit awards.

East Baton Rouge Parish’s Magnet Schools offer a wide variety of programs in addition to their accelerated academic reputation. 

At the elementary level, visual and performing arts, Montessori, and foreign language immersion programs are offered. Our middle school programs include visual and performing arts, pre-engineering, and a foreign language immersion track. At the high school level, various special programs such as medical, visual and performing arts, and Centers of Excellence programs focus on health science, business and governmental affairs, as well as engineering.

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Contact Information

P.O. Box 2950, 1050 S. Foster Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

(225) 922-5443


Chief Academic Officer

Michael Robinson

Teaching & Learning


Associate Superintendent - Exceptional Student Services

Executive Director of English Learners K-12

Cesar A. Rico

Director of Fine Arts

Director of Magnet School Programs

Theresa Porter

Supervisor of Gifted & Talented Student Program

Administrative Director of Federal Programs

Dr. Sandra L. Bethley

Director of Professional Development

Rochelle Anderson

Project Manager

Aronda L. Johnson

Director of Professional Development - Teacher Effectiveness

Shonel LeDuff