English Language Learners

Office of English Language Learners Education & World Languages 

(781) 961-6220 Extension 535


Our mission is to honor the culture, diversity, knowledge and experiences English Language Learners bring to the classroom. We do this by providing rich instruction taught by highly qualified teachers who expand students’ opportunities to progress in their content studies, as well as develop academic language. Additionally the department fully understands the role of the parent/guardian and family in the education of the child and strives to do outreach to parents that connects families to the school community.

The goal of the English Language Learners (ELL) Program is to create a safe, nurturing, and academically challenging learning environment where all English Language Learners areable to advance in their academic achievement as they also develop their language proficiency.


English Language Learners are students who:
  • Come from homes whose native language is not English.
  • Speak limited to no English
  • May be U.S born or immigrants from other countries 
  • Need language support services to be able to fully perform all ordinary schoolwork in English

About 350 students in the Randolph Public Schools are English LanguageLearners. English Language Learners are placed in the Sheltered EnglishImmersion program only after an assesment is completed.  Allstudents in this program receive Sheltered Content Instruction from atrained teacher and English as a SecondLanguage (ESL) from a highly qualified and credentialed ESL teacher. They also receive other support services.

Parents of ELL students who believe their childrenwould be best taught in the native language may submit a waiverrequesting this change. If parents of at least twenty students of thesame native language complete waivers requesting bilingual education andtheir requests align with the state's regulations, the school districtmust provide it.

Sheltered Content Instruction

Sheltered content instruction in social studies, science, Englishlanguage arts and math makes content more comprehensible to EnglishLanguage Learners.  

English as a Second Language

ESL instruction is explicit, direct instruction about the Englishlanguage intended to promote English language development among ELLstudents.
  • All beginners and early intermediates should be receiving aleast 2.5 hours of ESL every day. Their ESL replaces their English Language Arts.
  • Intermediates should receive 1 hour of ESL and one hour of English Language Arts.
  • Transitioning level students are to receive ESL as needed.

ELL Support Services

To ensure substantial academic support, access to extracurricularenrichment activities, and social emotional guidance, RPS also makes ELLLiasons available to students and families. Liaisons connect them toneeded resources.

Initial Identification Flow Chart