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Multilingual Learners

The Scarborough School Department is committed to providing programming to MLs (Multilingual Learners) in order to become English proficient as well as to effectively participate in all district academic and special programs. As required by state and federal laws all students enrolling in a school district must complete a Home Language Survey. Students who indicate a primary or heritage language other than English are then screened for their level of English language proficiency. Identified students receive an annual individualized learning plan. Small group instruction, classroom support or ML content classes are examples of services provided. If a student is identified as an English Learner the state requires an English language proficiency assessment called ACCESS to be administered annually. The ACCESS provides information on English language skills in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension. The results of this assessment as well as teacher, staff, parent and student input are used in developing the annual learning plan.


Scarborough's Lau Plan


Special Services Office

Scarborough Municipal Building Upper Level, Room 319
259 U.S. Route 1 / P.O. Box 370
Scarborough, ME 04074-0370
Phone: (207) 730-4130
Fax: (207) 730-4104

Chris Rohde
Director of Special Services
Phone: (207) 730-4134

Nicole Benham
Assistant Director of 
Special Services

Phone: (207) 730-4133

Michelle Newton
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (207) 730-4132