Inside Westborough’s English language learner program

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Inside Westborough’s English language learner programWESTBOROUGH – English language learners (ELL) represent about 11% of Westborough’s school population from kindergarten to 12th grade.

More than 400 students receive English as a second language instruction from 19 licensed teachers. They speak 40 different native languages.

The highest number of students are enrolled in the Hastings and Mill Pond elementary schools.

During the School Committee meeting on Feb. 15, ELL Director Latisha Broomfield offered a glimpse into the program.

According to its webpage on the schools’ website, the program offers one-on-one and small group tutoring in addition to classes.

There’s also the Adult English Academy (four levels of instruction, six teachers); the EL Summer Academy (three weeks in July, with five teachers and four paraeducators); and the After School EL Academy at Mill Pond, Gibbons Middle School and the high school.

ELL teachers are also after-school club advisors to the Wings Initiative, the Multicultural Club and the Cross Cultural Community.

For information on the ELL program, visit www.westboroughk12.org/district_services/english_language_learners_e_l_l.

Preschool tuition

The School Committee has approved a 10% hike in preschool tuition for the 2023-24 school year.

“We want to remain cost effective” compared to other school systems and towns, said Superintendent Amber Bock.

She added that the town’s Early Childhood Center is one of the few in the area that’s open five days per week.

Half-day tuition will now be $396 per month; full-day tuition will be $990 per month.

For information on the center, visit westborough-early-childhood-ce.westboroughk12.org/home.

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