English Language Learners

Office of English Language Learners
Education & World Languages 

(781) 961-6220 Ext. 535
70 Memorial Parkway
Room 108
Randolph, MA, 02368

ELL Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of English Language Learners (ELL) is to promote and support English language acquisition and academic gains of our students whose first language is not English.  Ensuring that our ELLs have access to rigorous curriculum aligned to state standards and taught by ELL licensed and SEI endorsed content teachers provides a solid foundation for the best quality education for all ELLs.  Whenever possible, ELLs are taught alongside their English-speaking peers and have access to the full range of academic and extra-curricular programming, with support services available as needed. We honor cultural and linguistic diversity and utilize the varied experiences and knowledge of the ELL students and families within the Randolph Public Schools to enrich our community.  We fully understand the importance of parent/guardian involvement in the education of the child and strive to create meaningful opportunities for ELL families in school engagement.  

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.

ELL Coordinator  Sheila Caldwell  (781) 961-6220 Ext. # 580
ELL Office Assistant Jackie Massey (781) 961-6220 Ext. # 573