ESL Program

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is a district-wide program implemented in each of our schools. It supports the linguistic and academic development of English Language Learners (ELLs) in our district.

ELLs who qualify for the ESL program come from more than 25 different language backgrounds. New students in grades K-12, who qualify for the ESL Program, enter our schools throughout the academic year.

Students from foreign countries, new to our school system, arrive with limited exposure to both the American educational system and culture. They often have gaps in their education due to many factors, such as: mobility, age upon arrival, ranges of skills, diversity in educational background, and expectations of schooling.


The East Haven Public School District sees the uniqueness of each student and values the diversity found within our community.  We believe that every learner deserves a meaningful social and academic experience that motivates active participation, community involvement, and risk taking.

The Mission of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is to prepare students to acquire academic language proficiency skills and promote student achievement.

Our program strives to:

• Promote growth in English language proficiency, by providing instruction that is academically challenging, integrated with East Haven School content curriculum, and yet tailored to each ELL’s linguistic proficiency, educational background and academic needs

• Encourage cultural and social adjustment in a safe environment, while building ELLs’ confidence as they practice language skills and global customs

• Advocate for the needs of our ELL students and their families and offer positive examples of how they can advocate for themselves

• Grow as part of a professional learning community and offer our time or our materials as resources to benefit student and district goals

Our Vision:

The East Haven ESL Program will facilitate the ELL students' opportunities to make a positive contribution to our schools and society, and successfully compete in the global mainstream.

Additional information about our ESL program can be found in our ESL Parent Handbook (link to ESL Parent Handbook)

Link to websites for school and home practice (pg. 18 of parent handbook)

Please feel free to contact Ms. Claire Scalici at Joseph Melillo Middle School with any questions, (203) 468-3227 or e-mail

Matthew Ullring,
Dec 13, 2012, 11:09 AM