English Learners Program


      The ability to communicate in English is a critical need for students whose native language is not English and do not possess native proficiency in all language domains.  The mission of the English Learner program in Pawtucket is to promote and enhance academic excellence for students through a variety of learning experiences and opportunities designed to ensure successful learning for all English Learners.  The Pawtucket School Department offers K-12 programs supporting English Learner's across all proficiency levels.  Students are assessed annually using ACCESS 2.0. As students advance through each level of proficiency, they not only will acquire literacy in reading, writing, and speaking the English language, but also obtain an appreciation and understanding of American culture.


                Director of EL/MLL Services                                                                                Coordinator of EL/MLL Services

                       Karen D. Stern                                                                                                               Daniel G. Silva

                  Phone: (401) 729-6366                                                                                                 Phone: (401) 729-6378      

                    Fax:     (401) 729-6527                                                                                                   Fax: (401) 729-6527

                 Email:  sternk@psdri.net                                                                                             Email: silvad@psdri.net


Program Vision

Our English learners and their families are supported both culturally and linguistically through the instruction 

and nurturing of our EL Teachers and support staff.  We promote the use of native language alongside the 

development of attaining proficiency in the English language.

Our Learners

Our district currently has 1,403 EL's, who represent 42 Countries and 26 languages.  The 28 languages 

represented are Arabic, Bassa, Chinese, English, English Creole, Fanti, Filipino, French, French Creole, Haitian Creole,

 Italian, Kpelle, Mandingo, Nepali, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese Creole, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, 

Twi, Urdu, Vietnamese, Wolof, and Yoruba.  The 42 countries represented by our ELs are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, 

Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, China, Colombia, Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, 

France, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mexico, 

Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Spain, Syria, 

Turkey, Venezuela, and Vietnam. 

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Program Models

Sheltered Content Instruction

(Grades K-12)

Collaborative EL and General Education

(Grades 1-12)

Dual Language Immersion Program

(K-4 at Nathaniel Greene)

Newcomer Programs for Students with Interrupted or Limited Formal Schooling

(Grades 9-12 at Shea High School)