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Program Philosophy & Description

The Pelham School District provides an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program as required by State and Federal law (Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act). The program is based on New Hampshire Department of Education’s Guidance and best practice in the area of English language acquisition. All students attending Pelham Schools receive a Home Language Survey upon registration. Based on the information provided by the parents, students may be screened to assess their English proficiency. The results of that screening determine if ESOL services will be provided to the student.

Students receiving ESOL services are placed in a regular education classroom alongside their English speaking peers, the Pelham School District does not maintain self-contained classes for English language learners. It is our belief that students English language acquisition is enhanced when they are immersed in the English speaking classroom with peers using English for learning and socialization. The ESOL Teacher provides support and instruction both in the classroom as well as in alternate locations around the building.

If you have any questions please contact the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Sarah Marandos at 603-635-1145 or [email protected].