Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) PK-8


Upon registration, students at English Language proficiency levels 1-3 are recommended for the SEI program. In this program, multilingual learners receive sheltered content area instruction in English from highly qualified SEI teachers. Teachers use curricula and methodologies specifically designed to promote academic English language skills, at the same time that students are learning grade-level content. The goal of the SEI program is to prepare EL students to acquire the academic English language necessary to successfully participate in general education classes.

The following CPS schools offer PK-8 SEI programs:

  • Kennedy-Longfellow School: SEI Grades PK - 4
  • Graham & Parks School: SEI Program Grades PK - 5
  • Vassal Lane Upper School: SEI Program Grades 6 - 8

Annual English language Assessment and Reclassification
Each school year, all English Learners (EL) take the ACCESS 2.0 assessment to determine English language proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and listening. Students may exit the SEI program or ESL services when they achieve a 4.2 overall score as determined by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Upon exiting from the SEI Program, students will enter the general education classroom.

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Location & Contact Information

Multilingual Learner (MLL) Programs Department
135 Berkshire Street, Cambridge, MA
Director: Beth Kershner
Clerk: Claudia Cossio Lopez

SEI Family Liaison: Mildrid Gedeon
SEI Teacher in Charge: Rejane Castro
CRLS SEI & International Center Teacher in Charge: Vera Duarte
EL Instructional Coach: Debbie Lee
EL Teacher in Charge: Carlos Loredo

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