North Providence School Department
2240 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, Rhode Island 02911
Phone: (401) 233-1100 | Fax: (401) 233-1106 |TDD: (800) 745-6575


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English Language Learners

NPSD’s English Language Learner program supports students who speak other languages, are learning English, and who may have recently moved to the United States.

  • Federal regulations mandate that schools assess English language learners each year in grades K-12.
  • Rhode Island is a member of WIDA, a multi-state partnership that has created an English language proficiency test called: ACCESS for ELs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication State to State for English Learners).
  • ACCESS for ELs is administered each year to any student who is receiving EL support and/or any ELL student who has been waived from EL programming.  The ACCESS scores are used to determine the ELL students’ proficiency levels and progress in English language acquisition.
  • Scores are used to drive instruction and services for the next school year and provide important data that enhances instruction and learning in supports for ELs.
  • When an EL student reaches English proficiency determined by the ACCESS score and other exit criteria, he/she will exit the ELL program and be monitored for two years by an ELL specialist.
Please review our ELL program brochure (see below).
For further questions, please contact:
Enid Jackson, ELL Administrator, by email at  or by phone at 401.233.1100.
ELL specialists are located at: 
Centredale Elementary School (grades K-5)
Greystone Elementary School (grades K-5)
Marieville Elementary School (grades K-5)
Whelan Elementary School (grades K-5)
McGuire Elementary School (grades K-5)
Stephen Olney Elementary (grades K)
Dr. E. A. Ricci Middle School (grades 6-8)
Birchwood Middle School (grades 6-8)
North Providence High School (grades 9-12)


North Providence School Department

2240 Mineral Spring Avenue
North Providence, Rhode Island 02911
(401) 233-1100