At Carlisle Public Schools, students who are learning English receive instructional support from an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. This teacher provides support in all aspects of learning English: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
All ELL students are integrated into regular education classes with students who are English speakers. The classroom teacher and the ESL teacher work together to ensure that students access their grade-level subjects (math, science, social studies, etc.) at the same time that they learn English, and to monitor each child’s progress. The content of the instruction is guided by the Massachusetts State Frameworks. The ESL teacher pulls out ELL students in small groups based on grade/proficiency levels.
The Carlisle Public Schools uses qualified staff and appropriate procedures and assessments to identify students who are English language learners. The district ensures that it assesses these students to their level of English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
The Carlisle Public Schools screens all incoming students using a home language survey. All students whose home language survey indicates a first language other English are assessed by trained professional staff.
The number of hours of English language support provided depends on the proficiency level of the child. Students who are less proficient in English receive more services, and students who are more proficient receive less (as recommended by Massachusetts Department of Education).
Parents of students who are English language learners were asked to complete a survey designed to gain an understanding of whether or not the needs of their children are being met.