English Language Learners

  • English Learners (EL)

    Welcome to the English Learner Program site for the Nantucket Public Schools.  Nantucket embraces its linguistically and culturally diverse English Learner (EL) population. Currently, more than eleven different languages and seventeen different countries are represented in our student body. 

    In partnership with a caring community, Nantucket Public Schools will create a dynamic learning environment which engages each of us to be inspired learners and responsible citizens, prepared to meet global challenges. The goal of the EL program is to provide a culturally and linguistically responsive education with the supports needed to ensure equitable access to opportunities that promote accelerated language acquisition so that English Learners can access and demonstrate academic success in all courses leading to college and career readiness.

    In the Nantucket Public Schools the Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) model is followed in order to ensure English Learners rapidly develop the skills necessary to succeed. SEI consists of two instructional components necessary for the effective instruction of ELs: Sheltered Content Instruction taught by licensed content teachers who are SEI endorsed and English As  a Second Language (ESL) taught by ESL licensed teachers. The mission of the English learner (EL) Program in the Nantucket Public Schools is to provide research-validated, systematic, explicit, and sustained language instruction to English learners, designed  to develop social, instructional, and academic language within the four language domains (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in conjunction with subject matter content (language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies). 



    Kelly-Ann Cooney
    Director Of English Language Learner Services
    508-228-7285  x1177



    Nantucket Public Schools employs nine full-time English language teachers. Combined, our staff speaks eight foreign languages and brings a wealth of experience in language instruction.

    Nantucket Elementary School

    Vessy Natcheva
    Nicole Ridge

    Samantha Kodak


    Nantucket Intermediate School

    Janet Colby
    Tina Fournier

    Cyrus Peirce Middle School

    Kathryn Norton
    Jessica Trewhella


    Nantucket High School

    Devin Durand

    Johanna Spring



    Parent Advisory Council

    for English Language Learners

    at Nantucket Public Schools

    Wednesday April 5, 2017

    6:00PM-NHS Conference Room


    You are cordially invited to our last meeting, for the 2016-2017 school year, of the Parent Advisory Council for English Language Learners at Nantucket Public Schools. The ELL-PAC meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, April 5 at 6:00 PM in the Nantucket High School Conference Room.

    Parent involvement is the key to student academic achievement. We value your opinions and input as we strive to improve the educational experience for all students at Nantucket Public schools whose first language is not English. Please join us for the meeting on Wednesday so that we can hear your input, suggestions and questions.



    De Las Escuelas Públicas de Nantucket


    Consejo Asesor de Padres

    para estudiantes del idioma inglés

    en las Escuelas Públicas de Nantucket

    Miércoles 5 de abril

    Sala de conferencias 6:00 PM-NHS


    Usted está cordialmente invitado a nuestra última reunión, para el año escolar 2016-2017, del Consejo Asesor de Padres para Aprendices del Idioma Inglés en las Escuelas Públicas de Nantucket. La reunión de ELL-PAC está programada para este miércoles 5 de abril a las 6:00 PM en la Sala de Conferencias Nantucket High School.

    La participación de los padres es la clave para el logro académico del estudiante. Valoramos sus opiniones e información a medida que nos esforzamos por mejorar la experiencia educativa de todos los estudiantes en las escuelas públicas de Nantucket cuyo primer idioma no es el inglés. Por favor, únase a nosotros para la reunión del miércoles para que podamos escuchar sus aportaciones, sugerencias y preguntas.