Instructional Programs

New Bedford Public Schools educates EL students in a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) or our Dual Language Education (DLE) program. In our SEI Program, all PK-12 classroom instruction, books, and instructional materials are in English, and all subject matter is taught in English. The SEI Program consists of two components: Sheltered Content Instruction and English as a Second Language (ESL). In our DLE Program, offered to both English native speaking and Spanish speaking students, the grade level content is delivered in Spanish and English.


Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Program

The SEI program is currently being offered at the following levels - Elementary, Middle, and High School.  As of this year, New Bedford HighHS NEWCOMER
School, Hayden-McFadden, and Jacobs Elementary School offers a Newcomer Program to help new arrivals adapt to their new environment.

The SEI Program consists of two components: Sheltered Content Instruction and English as a Second Language (ESL).

In grades PK-12, New Bedford Schools has about sixty qualified English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers and all Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, Elementary, Early Childhood, and Special Education Content Area Teachers (CAT) have been trained how to effectively teach English Learners in content area classes. CAT & ESL teachers make use of specific teaching techniques to assist EL students of five different English proficiency levels. Teachers also are working on the alignment of curricular models with the Massachusetts Common Core and the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) standards to improve the EL students’ progress towards their attainment of English language proficiency.

Dual Language Education (DLE) Program

Story Time

In our DLE Program, offered to both English native speaking and Spanish speaking students, the grade level content is delivered in Spanish and English. Our DLE Program is currently offered at Gomes.

Students with Limited or Interrupted Education (SLIFE)

Our SLIFE programs were created to support students with limited education or students who never attended school to acquire academic knowledge and to assimilate to the American schooling. We currently offer at all levels at the following schools: New Bedford High School, Roosevelt Middle Schools, and Hayden McFadden Middle School.


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