If a student comes from a home where a language other than, or in addition to, English is spoken, then they need to register with the English Language Learners Program Office.
Please call 617-559-6043 to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit the English Language Learning web site.
At the time of registration, all students entering the Newton Public Schools who speak a language other than, or in addition to, English at home are evaluated for English language proficiency at the English Language Learning (ELL) office. The ELL family liaison, an experienced English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, administers an English language proficiency assessment and conducts an interview with the family.
Information from the assessment and interview provides the receiving teachers with language, cultural and background information on the incoming student. The results of the assessment are used to determine if the student will need English language instruction. If services are recommended, parents are advised of the program options. They have the right to accept or reject the services available.
The ELL Program serves over 900 students in grades K-12. Students and their families come to Newton for many different reasons; this impacts the length of time English language learners attend our schools. Some students are here temporarily due to parent’s work or study. Others are here for longer periods of time or permanently. It is important to note that 18% of students (or roughly 1,800 students) in Newton come from homes where another language is spoken.