About Our Families

  • There are at least 71 languages and dialects spoken in the district in addition to English: Afrikaans, American Sign Language, Arabic, Armenian, Aymara, Azeri, Bangladeshi, Bengali, Benin, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Cape Verdean Creole, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, Fukien, Fulani, Garifuna, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Igbo, Indonesian, Italian, Jamaican Creole, Japanese, Kannada, Konkani, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Maltese, Mandarin, Maradi, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Persian, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Shanghainese, Shona, Sierra Leonean Krio, Sindhi, Sinhala, Sourashtra, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tulu, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu, Visayan, Welsh, and Yoruba.

    Every one of these families is different. Some families speak three or more languages. Some families speak mostly English. Some families speak more than one language but read and write only in English. We have multilingual families that just moved here from another country and we also have multilingual families who have lived in the United States for generations. Our multilingual families represent the full range socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial diversity. We are proud to welcome all of these families in Sudbury Public Schools.

    The English Language Development (ELD) program is a program specifically for students who need additional English language instruction to succeed in their other academic classes.