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Rye City School District 411 Theodore Fremd Avenue South Lobby
Rye, NY 10580

Phone: 914.967.6100
Fax: 914.967.6957

The Rye City School District
English Language Learners (ELL) Program


The Rye City School District's ELL (English Language Learner) Program provides instruction in English to students who are non-native speakers of English. Our ELL program is designed to help students integrate as quickly as possible into the daily academic work and cultural activities of the regular classroom and school life. ELL students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular school activities, and their parents are urged to join their school parents' organizations to help them assimilate into their new school and community.

The ELL program follows national, state, and local standards. New York State standards require that students be able to write in every subject area. Therefore, our ELL program incorporates writing into every subject area in the students' grade level curriculums. The focus of the program is for students to learn how to use English for communication in social settings, to acquire subject content and to use English in culturally appropriate ways. The program blends curriculum content and academic language development with a focus on literacy.

All incoming students who live in a home where a language other than English is spoken are tested with the LAB-R (Language Assessment Battery-Revised) upon admission to the district to determine eligibility for ELL services. Each spring, the NYSESLAT (New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test) is administered to all ELL students to measure their progress and determine if a student is ready to exit the program.

Elementary school students leave their regular classrooms to learn English in small groups. English is the language used to deliver instruction. In the middle school and high school, ELL is scheduled for one period a day and the students are grouped according to grade level. These freestanding ELL programs are content-based and integrate language learning with academic content material. The ELL teachers work closely with the teachers in the mainstream classes to provide academic support.

Click here to open the ELL Handbook for Parents.

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