English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a program that offers assistance to students who have another language in their background and need help in speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in order to be successful in school.
Mr. Sandu Rebenciuc supports English learners at Jacques Memorial as well as DRIVE and Milford High School. [email protected]
Mrs. Sarah Lemley support English learners at Heron Pond Elementary School.
Mr. Denis Jobin supports English learners at Milford Middle School and Milford High School. [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions
What is ESOL?
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a program that offers support to students who have another language in their background and need help in speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in order to be successful in school. ESOL services are integrated into the regular school day. Milford has two instructors, Mr. Jobin and Mr. Brooks, who travel to each school in the district.
What is Title III?
Title III is a federal grant program that provides financial assistance to school districts to ensure that children who are limited English proficient attain English proficiency and meet the same challenging State academic content all children are expected to meet. Milford uses Title III funds for summer programs and supplemental resources for ESOL students.
How are students identified for ESOL services?
A Home Language Survey is completed at the time of school registration. If a language other than English is indicated, the student’s English skills are assessed with the ACCESS screener. Eligibility for services is based on those test results. Parents may not opt-out of this initial assessment.
If ESOL services are recommended, is participation required?
No, parents may choose to decline ESOL services for their child, but under Federal law, if the child is eligible for ESOL, the child must take an annual assessment until their scores qualify the child to exit.
How are students exited from ESOL identification?
Annual testing is required by Federal law and New Hampshire State Standards for English Language Learners. During the winter, students eligible for ESOL services are assessed in the four language domains of Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing, using the ACCESS test. Students must score a composite of no less than 4.5.
What if I am dissatisfied with my child’s ESOL services?
If you are unsatisfied with your child’s ESOL services, please follow these steps in order.
1. Contact the building EL teacher or the classroom teacher.
2. Contact the building principal.
3. Contact the superintendent.
4. Request an appointment with the school board through the Superintendent’s Office.
5. Contact the Title III/ESOL State Director.
For each of the above, you can contact via phone, e-mail, letter, or arrange a meeting. If you need an interpreter, one will be provided for you.
ESOL District Plan