English Language Learners


The E.L.L. program at McCarthy-Towne supports international students from kindergarten through sixth grade who are learning English. The program is tailored to meet the needs of each student, depending on that student's grade level, proficiency in the English language, and academic need.

The focus for newly arrived students is on "survival English," acculturation, and socialization within our school and our community. More proficient students are given academic support to help them succeed in the regular classroom. Instruction parallels and supports the classroom curriculum as much as possible. Small group instruction facilitates oral language building and comprehension, and reading and writing are incorporated into every lesson.