Norwalk High School and 

Brien McMahon High School

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

  • Most ELL newcomers, who are mainly from Central and South America, do not speak any English and some are not literate in their native language.


  • Newcomers arrive throughout the academic year and need help with catching up to peers who started school earlier in the year.

  • ASPIRE provides intensive language support in small groups that meet for 90 minutes every other day.

  • ASPIRE is incorporated into a student’s school schedule to maintain a high attendance rate in the program and provide a seamless transition from regular classes to program sessions.

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

  • ASPIRE, over the past two school years, has been effective in improving ELL students' English skills, confidence level, classroom participation, school attendance rate, and overall class grades. ​

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NHS, above, and BMHS ASPIRE students 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 the Fairfield County’s   Community FoundationNorwalk's English         Language Learner Education Department, and   other supporters. Thank you for your generosity!