English as a Second Language (ESL):
The English as a Second Language department in Barnstable teaches over 500 students. We are fortunate to have English Learners (ELs) from many different countries, speaking multiple languages. ELs are provided instruction by licensed ESL teachers. They are also provided with Sheltered English Instruction in their general education classes by licensed content teachers who are SEI endorsed. The Barnstable Public Schools are involved in an ongoing process of providing professional development to educators on how to effectively teach ELs in accordance with state and federal requirements. We also make every attempt to have bilingual professionals available for families whose native language is not English. We provide this service through our EL Parent Center, which is staffed by bilingual Parent Liaisons. If you would like to learn more about our ESL program, please contact Kathy Astrauckas at 508.420.2272, ext. 315.