More than 50% of the SPS student population speaks and 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.