• Lizette D'Amico

    K-12 EL Administrator

    World Language Administrator

    (203) 594-4559


  • Crista Rizzuti

    K-12 EL Case Manager

    (203) 594-4761


  • Mission:

    Our mission is to facilitate the acquisition of communicative and academic English, academic content and cultural knowledge to enable English Language Learners (ELLs) to succeed in general education classes and in U.S. communities as quickly as possible.


    Our purpose is to provide ELL students with:

    • Comprehensive English Language instruction in all language skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and critical thinking.
    • Content area instruction that is academically challenging and tailored to the student’s linguistic proficiency, educational background and academic needs.
    • Access to a caring and qualified staff.

    Ongoing professional learning is provided for all staff members to help them facilitate the academic growth of linguistically and culturally diverse students.


    NCPS recognizes diversity as a resource to our community and celebrates it as an asset.

    • Language is functional and it is best acquired through meaningful use and interaction.
    • Language learning is culture-based, and therefore it follows that the teaching of culture must include the values, norms, and beliefs appropriate to the language.
    • Language learning is an on-going process. It is affected by the background of each student and progresses at varying rates.
    • Language processes (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) develop interdependently.
    • Students need learning environments that provide opportunities to practice and develop these skills.


    However, with the Response to Intervention Framework, curriculum and instruction are differentiated to meet the needs of each student. Teachers use the Common Core Standards to support their very focused instruction. Sheltered English techniques and strategies in order to make the content comprehensible for ELs. EL students' goals are expectations framed within their language proficiency level.



    K–12 English Learner (EL) Entrance/Exit Policy

    1. Home language survey: 
    When a family registers their child in the New Canaan Public School District they are asked three questions on their registration form:

    1. What is the language the student first accquired?
    2. What is the language most often spoken by the student?
    3. What is the primary language used in the home, regardless of the language spoken by the student?

    If the answer to any TWO or more of those three questions is a language other than English, the English Learners Department is contacted.

    2. The EL Department administers a placement test to evaluate student language proficiency:

    • And examines any prior academic experience in the United States
    • Once a child has qualified for English Language Services, families are contacted.  According to the State of Connecticut, a family has the right to decline English Language support.

    Each EL Student is assessed annually, in the new year with the LAS LINKS test. Practice test can be found here. This assessment will continue until the student has met both academic and language criteria necessary for exit.The criteria are as follows: