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Sheltered English Immersion Program

The goal of the Sheltered English Immersion Program is to provide English Language Learners (ELLs) with a comprehensive curriculum in all content areas as we develop student’s English language skills. The program instructs students to speak, read, and write in English. Instruction is provided by teachers who are specially trained in English language acquisition or applied linguistics, and their content area.  Our teachers use curricula and methodologies specifically designed to promote English language skills while teaching content area curricula. This program prepares English Language Learners (ELLs) to enter grade level general education classrooms. Students in grades JK – 5 enrolled in the Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) program will receive instruction in all content areas that is aligned with the state and CPS curriculum standards. All English language learners will receive English as a Second language instruction.  Students are formally assessed three times a year to ensure that the goals of speaking, listening, and writing in English are achieved. Upon exiting from the Sheltered English Immersion Instruction Program, ELL students will follow the Cambridge Public School Controlled Choice Policy in order to transfer to a school of their choice.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Sheltered English Immersion Instruction Program is to address the academic and social needs of non-English-speaking students in a challenging and nurturing environment, to assist students in developing English Language proficiency while maintaining and fostering pride and interest in their native cultures as well as in American culture, and to encourage parents and guardians to become involved in their children's educational program and the school community at large.

Contact Information
Bilingual & English Language Acquisition Department: 617.349.6468

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The Cambridge School Department provides access to Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole speaking Bilingual Parent Liaisons. For more information call the Bilingual & English Language Acquisition Department at 617.349.6468.