English Language Learner Program (ELL)

About us: The ELL program in Needham serves approximately 165 students who speak more than 25 different languages. The majority of the students in the ELL program were born in the United States, but are exposed to another language at home. Some of the ELL students are immigrants or children of immigrants who have made the U.S.A. their permanent home, while others are here with parents who come from other countries to study, teach or do research for a year or two. Occasionally, Needham families host exchange students who attend Needham High School.

Purpose: To provide the necessary instruction in English language development and content area support to students who know a language other than English. We aim to provide culturally responsive, customized instruction and a learning environment where students feel connected, valued and loved. We believe that bilingualism and multilingualism are important and necessary assets that strengthen connections in the brain and prepare students to be effective global citizens.

Eligibility: At registration, a student's parent or guardian fills out a Home Language Survey. If the survey indicates that a language other than English is spoken in the home, the student's English proficiency is assessed. We follow the ELL identification procedures and criteria outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Instruction: ELL instruction in Needham is individualized according to each student's English language and other academic needs. ELL staff work on developing students' ability to understand, speak, read, and write English. We also consult with students' other teachers in order to support and reinforce work in their content area classroom(s).


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Director of English Language Learner (ELL) Education
Jamie Singelais
781-455-0461 (x53331)

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Broadmeadow Elementary
Jacquelyn O'Doherty
781-455-0448 (x336)
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Eliot Elementary
Karin Conrad
781-455-0452 (x52219)
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Sunita Williams Elementary
Jamie Singelais
781-455-0461 (x53331)
[email protected]

Kelly (Condon) Haas
781-455-0461 (x53332)
[email protected]

Mitchell Elementary
Kristin McGrail
781-455-0466 (x54060)
[email protected]

Newman Elementary

Lisa Williams-Ferreira
781-455-0416 (x55244)
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Kristin McGrail
781-455-0466 (x54060)
[email protected]

High Rock School
Elizabeth Albritton
781-455-0480 (x243)
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Pollard Middle School
Elizabeth Albritton
781-455-0480 (x243)
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Needham High School
Joni Magee
781-455-0800 (x22763)
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