Office of English Learner Education
The Office of English Learner Education (ELE) provides services to more than 850 students in grades PK-12 whose primary language is not English and who are not yet proficient in English. The program provides support at each school, with services focused on children’s English language acquisition, literacy development, and academic achievement.
It is our vision that English learners understand, speak, read, and write English fluently and competently in order to succeed academically and socially in their classrooms, schools, and communities at large. Students acquire the linguistic and cultural knowledge to function effectively globally.
English learner education develops English proficiency and supports academic content knowledge. Individual needs are respected and accommodated through the use of various instructional methods fostering high academic achievement. English learners are proportionately represented in all school programs and services. They become confident learners and are empowered through the development of critical thought, reflection, and action.
Classroom teachers and ELL specialists are prepared to work collaboratively to effectively educate English language learners. Classroom teachers are trained to provide quality sheltered English immersion (SEI) instruction. ELL specialists participate in professional learning that provides them with resources to enhance their instructional delivery of English. All teachers and specialists are able to make meaningful content connections and accurately assess students’ performance and educational profiles. They are qualified to and feel confident working with English language learners in their classrooms.
ELL students are valued members of a community that embraces the exchange of cultural knowledge, encourages and supports the acquisition of language and appreciation of culture, and ensures that the cultural backgrounds of students are reflected within the curricula. ELL students develop a deeper understanding of both their own cultures and those of the diverse community. Students become increasingly active participants and share their perspectives in all educational and extracurricular settings.
The Public Schools of Brookline provides welcoming opportunities for active ELL family involvement, assures that ELL students and their families have equal access to school and community resources, and embodies the cultural identities of students and families in school environments.
What We Do
As of October 1, 2017:
- The total English learner (EL) enrollment in grades K-12 increased by 33 students – 818 students in 2017 compared with 785 students in 2016
- ELs represent 10.8% of the total district population
- 48 primary languages are represented in our EL population (46 in 2016)
- Approximately 44% of ELs, including kindergarten, are new to Brookline schools this year
- Following are our largest language groups (K-12): Chinese (197 students), Japanese (151 students), Hebrew (96 students), Spanish (77 students), and Korean (61 students)
- 322 students are enrolled in our K-8 Native Language Support Programs (Korean, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and Russian)
- Enrollment percentages of ELs at our schools are as follows:
- Lawrence - 20.1%
- Pierce - 17.3%
- Lower Devotion - 16.9%
- Lincoln - 16.4%
- Baker - 13.5%
- Driscoll - 9.6%
- Upper Devotion - 9.4%
- Runkle - 8.6%
- Heath - 4.9%
- Brookline High School - 3.7%