We would like to introduce you to the ESOL Program at Ray School. ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages. Our program offers small group, individual or in-classroom support for any student who needs extra help in school or English and has another language in his or her background.
Some of the students we serve come from other countries. Some of the students have always lived in the United States and may speak or hear another language at home. If students need instruction in English, or more exposure to academic English, or extra practice in reading and writing, the ESOL Program can help.
The services we provide vary according to need. We may see students who are new to English for an hour or more each day. We may see advanced students once a week, or only now and then at a teacher's request, for editing help on classroom writing projects. We work with your child's teachers to design the best program for your child. We modify our goals and instructional strategies during the year to respond to your child's changing needs. Children learn English quickly in our school!
If your child is recommended for ESOL services, you may accept or decline those services. If your child receives ESOL services, we will meet weekly with your child's teacher to discuss needs and progress, and we will provide you with quarterly progress reports.
Please contact us if you have any questions about ESOL services or have information that can help us best serve your child. You can reach us by e-mail or come in to see us at school. We are available everyday by appointment.
Academic Support Services
The Ray School offers a variety of academic intervention services. Based on the results of routine academic screenings, students may be identified for supplementary support in literacy and/or math. The instruction provided is research-based and designed to target specific needs as identified by diagnostic assessments. Students may work with a team member, or the classroom teacher may collaborate with the math/literacy specialists to develop materials, activities, and routines to support student success. The goal of all academic intervention services is to prepare students to access grade-level curriculum.
The Ray School’s Academic Support Team are all certified teachers with elementary experience. They collaborate with the school’s math and literacy coordinators to interpret assessment results, identify academic goals, and implement effective instructional strategies. The aim is to strengthen students’ foundational skills and promote greater classroom success.