Program Overview

All students who are identified at registration as coming from a family that speaks a language other than English are screened to determine their English language proficiency.  If your child is identified as an English Learner (EL), he/she is provided with English as a Second Language (ESL) services as part of our English Learner Education (ELE) program.

The ELE program recognizes that your child has many strengths and that these strengths may include your child’s first language, culture, previous schooling, and family support. To succeed in school, your child also needs to learn English.  The goals of our ELE program support this necessity and are as follows;

The ELE program provides ESL instruction from Kindergarten through Grade 12 and utilizes the Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) model with sheltered content instruction (SCI) in the classroom and English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction delivered by a licensed ESL teacher. ESL service time depends on the student’s English language proficiency level (ranging from a Level 1 - Beginner to a Level 6- Reaching/Proficient speaker) and delivery will take place in small pull-out and/or general classroom pull-in groups.

If you would like to learn more about our ELE program and services, or have any specific questions, please review the district ELE Program Guidelines or visit the school level web page using the toolbar on this page.


New Program Changes in 2017-2018

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has published new criteria for identifying students as English learners effective this academic year.

Please use the following link to access the July 2017 memorandum:

New Initial Identification Criteria_July 2017