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 Intervention Services
The Ray School offers a variety of academic intervention services, all of which are part of the school’s Tier 2 instruction. Tier 2 programs supplement Tier 1 core instruction, which takes place in the classroom. Students who qualify for Tier 2 intervention receive additional one-on-one or small group sessions in reading, math, or writing. The instruction provided is explicit and based on individual needs as identified by diagnostic assessments. The goal of all academic intervention services is to prepare students to access grade-level curriculum.
Academic Support Program (ASP): Grades 2-5
The Academic Support Program is a Tier 2 intervention for students who qualify for supplemental instruction. ASP provides eligible students individual or small-group intervention services in reading, writing, and/or math. Students in Grades 2-5 are referred to ASP by classroom teachers or parents. Standards-based assessments are used to screen students and determine eligibility for the program.
The Ray School’s ASP interventionists are all certified teachers with elementary classroom experience. They collaborate with the school’s math and literacy coordinators to interpret assessment results, create individualized academic goals, and implement effective instructional strategies. The aim is to strengthen students’ foundational skills and promote greater classroom success. Sessions are scheduled two to three times a week, for 30 to 45 minutes each, and usually take place in the ASP center.