English Language Learners Registration Information


    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 via the English Language Learning (ELL) office. Please login to Registration Gateway to complete registration forms and upload required documents. If you need assistance, please email tranh@newton.k12.ma.us.  We have family liaisons who speak Spanish, Portguese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian and Hebrew available to help with registrations over the summer. Please contact tranh@newton.k12.ma.us if you would like help in one of those languages. If you do not have an email address, please call (617) 559-6043 and leave a message. Voicemail will be checked weekly during the summer.

    Covid 19 Distance Learning update June 2020:

    Our situation is unprecedented, and we appreciate your understanding that it is fluid and rapidly changing. For the summer, help is available via phone and email only
    After a family completes their registration in Registration Gateway, an ELL family liaison, or English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher will call the family to complete an interview about their language use at home using these questions:
      • What are the languages spoken in your home?
      • What language(s) do the caregivers use with each other?
      • What language(s) do caregivers speak to the child?
      • What language(s) do the children speak to each other? (If applicable.)
      • What language(s) does the child speak to caregivers?
      • What percent of the time does the child speak English at home?

    Please note families will be called for interviews on Tuesdays and Wednesdays  from June 17 through August 13. 

    Students who speak a language other than, or in addition to, English may sit for an English test. 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 Office informs school of the assessment results.

    If your child is currently an ELL, or was exited from ELL, in your previous district, we encourage you to upload any pertinent documents into Registration Gateway.

    The ELL Program serves over 750 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. It is important to note that 18% of students (or roughly 1,800 students) in Newton come from homes where another language is spoken.