About our ELL Program

MSAD #27 generally has between 6 and 12 English Language Learners (ELLs) every year. 
Students currently enrolled in the ELL program have at least 5 first languages and widely varying levels of English proficiency. They are in grades preK-12. 

Who is an ELL? A home language survey is administered to every enrolling student. It is used to identify those who may not be proficient in the kind of English required to succeed in school. This is called Academic English. 

We are required to screen any students:
        — who use a language other than English in daily non-school surroundings;
        — whose families use a primary language other than English in the home;
        — whose first language was not English. 

The screening is combined with other indicators to determine whether the s
tudent will receive ELL services. 

                                                                       About our Intervention Program

MSAD #27 provides an atmosphere and environment conducive to the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of individuals to ensure the federal mandate of Every Student Succeeds Act.  The Academic Interventionist monitors and evaluates student performance, communicates and interacts with students and staff, and provides academic assistance for students to show proficiency of the Common Core State Standards.

For more information, contact Sylvia Dow-Harvey, District ELL Teacher/Academic Interventionist Grades 7-12

For the Parents

WIDA Documents  

The WiDA Consortium (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) is an educational consortium of state departments of education. 


 Maine Department of Education Documents