Students in SPELL program

English Language Learners

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Welcome to the English Language Learners Department at Somerville Public Schools. Our goal is to provide an educational environment that ensures that students whose first language is other than English participate fully in the school community and the community at large in order to reach his/her full potential.

More than 50% of the SPS student population speaks a language other than English at home, and nearly 18% of our students receive some form of English language instructional support. In all ELL programs, students learn English as a Second Language while also learning grade-level content. Teachers modify their teaching methods to meet the needs of students as they develop English proficiency. ESL Instructional Specialists are assigned to each school to provide services to English Learners in general education and special education classes. The Somerville Public Schools also provides before-school and after-school language enrichment and academic support, summer programs for English Language Learners, and English classes for parents and guardians.

ELL Director: Dr. Sarah Davila

ELL Assistant Director: Franklin Vargas

Resources for Families and Students

Resources for Teachers

UNIDOS Dual Language Program

How do I translate this web page? 

At the top of this page,  click on the drop down button "Select Language." Please choose your language from the list of options.

¿Cómo traduzco esta página web?  En la parte superior de esta página, oprima el botón para desplegar las opciones para "Select Language." Por favor seleccione su idioma de la lista que aparece.

Como faço para traduzir esta página web?  Na parte superior desta página, clique  em "Select Language." Por favor escolha seu idioma na lista de opções .

Kouman pou mwen tradui paj entènèt sa a?  klike tet paj la, nan bouton pou desan anba a "Select Language."  Tanpri chwazi lang w nan lis opsyon yo.

Community Partners

Somerville Public Schools benefit from established relationships with neighboring universities, institutions and business.

Lesley University ESL Teacher Preparation Somerville Public Schools partners with Lesley University to host a year-long residency for aspiring ELL teachers. We welcome Lesley students as they learn to be excellent teachers and help in the classroom. Watch a video about this collaborative work.

Enrollment Information

For Enrollment information for any of our programs, please contact the Parent Information Center.