Norwalk High School and
Brien McMahon High School
English Learner Support Services (ELSS) has been collaborating with Norwalk Public Schools’ EL 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 improve their English proficiency at a faster pace.
ASPIRE accomplishes its goals by providing students a friendly environment to learn. We instruct in small groups that meet every other day. Groups are incorporated into students' school schedule to ensure consistent attendance.
ASPIRE instructors are experienced and dedicated professionals that hold certification and/or a degree in teaching English as a second language.
ASPIRE has been effective in significantly improving EL students' language skills, confidence level, classroom participation, school attendance rate, and overall class grades.
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 Foundation, Norwalk's English Learner Education Department, The Inner-City Foundation, and other supporters.
Thank you for your generosity!