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EL Program Overview

Contact Info

(203) 977-4825

(203) 977-5442

Office: 5th floor (North)
888 Washington Blvd.
Stamford, CT 06901
United States

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 The EL Department organizes and manages the district wide English Learner Programs.



English as a Second Language (ESL)


Language Transition Support Services (LTSS)


The English as a Second Language program is available for eligible students in grades K-12 and is designed to provide students with the English communication skills necessary for successful participation in the mainstream classroom.


Language Transition Support Services is the language support which is provided to students who have had 30 months in a bilingual program but have not yet met the English mastery standard (LAS Links). LTSS looks just like ESL. It is given a different name to distinguish this as a service given to students who were previously enrolled in a bilingual program.


Sheltered English Instructional Program*


Sheltered Instruction is a way for making content comprehensible for English learners as they begin to develop English proficiency. Teachers use sheltered content instructional techniques to make grade-level content lessons accessible to ELs while promoting their English development integrating language and content objectives into their lessons. To teach in this program, a teacher must complete EL Advanced Training (45 hour).


New Arrivals Center*



This program is available to students in grades 1-12 who have been in the U.S. for one year or less and have minimal English. Students are provided with intensive English language development for up to one school year.

Bilingual Education*



A state mandated K-12 program of basic instruction designed to meet the needs of students dominant in Spanish K-12, and Haitian-Creole 9-12. While in the program, bilingual students are placed in mainstream classes for part of the day, in order to gradually expose them and finally exit them from the bilingual program into mainstream English classes. Students receive both support from a Bilingual certified teacher and receive ESL services from a TESOL certified teacher.

Transitional Bilingual Education Program (TOR and WHS)

  • ELs in grades 6-12 are taught the academic curriculum through a combination of Spanish and English by a dually certified Bilingual and Content Area teacher.

Native Language Support (NLS)

  • Spanish speaking ELs in grades K-5 (District School)
  • Haitian Creole speaking ELs in grades 9-12 (SHS)
  • Content area support in the native language by a certified Bilingual teacher (amount of native language support is determined by the needs of the individual student) and ESL services from a TESOL certified teacher.

*Program includes content sheltered classes - All ELs will be scheduled in classes with an Advanced Trained (45 hour) teacher, who has extended knowledge of sheltering strategies for language learners. These classes count as content sheltered hours for EL students. These can be mainstream classes with ELs and non-ELs.