About us: The ELL program in Needham serves approximately 55 students from 17 countries who speak 23 languages. While the majority of the students are immigrants or children of immigrants who have made the U.S.A. their permanent home, other students are here with parents who come from other countries to study, teach or do research for a year or two. Each year Needham families also host a few exchange students who attend Needham High School.
Purpose: To provide instruction in English language development and content area support to students whose native language is not English, and who as a result cannot perform ordinary class work at their grade level.
Eligibility: At registration, a studentâ€™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 studentâ€™s English proficiency is assessed. The student is identifed as an Engish Language Learner and is eligible for ELL services if the assessment results indicate the student has limited-English proficiency.
Instruction: ELL instruction in Needham is individualized according to each studentâ€™s English language and other academic needs. ELL staff work on developing studentsâ€™ ability to understand, speak, read and write English. They also consult with studentsâ€™ other teachers in order to support and reinforce work in the mainstream classroom.
ELL Program Office
Room 205F Needham High School 609 Webster St. Needham, MA 02494 781-455-0461 x234
The Needham Public Schools do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, and ensure that all students and employees have equal rights of access and equal enjoyment of the opportunities, advantages, privileges and courses of study.