Norwalk High School and 

Brien McMahon High School

  • English Learner Support Services (ELSS) has been collaborating with Norwalk Schools’ English Learner Department to offer newcomers an innovative school-based program: ASPIRE [Academic Support Program to Inspire, Reinforce, and Empower].

  • ASPIRE works primarily with students who have little to no background in English, and we aim to strengthen their proficiency at a faster pace. 

  • ASPIRE accomplishes its goals by establishing a friendly learning environment. We instruct in small groups that meet every other day. Sessions are incorporated into the students' school schedule to maintain consistent program attendance.

  • ASPIRE instructors are experienced and dedicated professionals who hold certification, a degree, or both in teaching English as a second language.

  • ASPIRE has been effective in significantly improving students' language skills, confidence level, classroom participation, school attendance rate, and overall class grades.

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ASPIRE students at NHS above and BMHS below received certificates in May 2019 during an ice cream social to celebrate the end of the program year. Thank you for a wonderful year!

 ASPIRE is made possible by Fairfield County’s   Community FoundationNorwalk's English       Learner Education Department, The Inner-City Foundation, and other supporters.

Thank you for your generosity!              

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