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 English Learners Program: Karen D. Stern 

Phone: (401) 729-6366

Fax:     (401) 729-6527

Email:  sternk@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 1,058 EL's, who represent 42 Countries and 28 languages.  The 28 languages 

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

Khmer, Kpelle, Kru, 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. 


ELL Highlights and Celebrations

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Program Models

Sheltered Content Instruction

(Grades K-12)

Collaborative ESL and General Education

(Grades 1-12)

Dual Language Immersion Program

(Kindergarten & Grade 1 at Nathaniel Greene only)

Newcomer Programs for Students with Interrupted or Limited Formal Schooling

(Grades 9-12 at Shea High School)