English as a Second Language
The District of West New York recognizes that the mastery of English Language skills is a prerequisite to effective participation in the state’s educational program. Bilingual education and English As a Second Language (ESL) programs can meet the needs of students who are English Language Learners (ELLs) and facilitate their integration into the regular school curriculum. Therefore, in accordance with the New Jersey Department of Education requirements to ensure equal educational opportunity to every student, and in recognition of the educational needs of ELLs, the district of WNY provides bilingual and ESL language programs for each student identified as an ELL in pre-Kindergarten through grade twelve.
Bilingual and ESL Program Frequently Asked Questions:
Q- How are students identified as ELLs?
Q- How does the ESL Program work?
Q-Will the ESL teacher speak my child’s primary language?
Q- How do I know when my child is ready to exit the Bilingual/ESL program?
Q-How can I as a parent get involved with my child’s learning?
Q- How will I know the level of English my child knows?
Q- What is the difference between Bilingual and ESL instructional setting?
Q- How does the bilingual program work?
In grades 7-12, students receive content area instruction in a class period setting by the bilingual/ESL certified personnel in Spanish and English depending on the students’ language proficiency. As in the elementary schools, students receive report card grades equivalent to those given to their monolingual peers. The students are also encouraged to participate in after school athletic and co-curricular activities.
Q- Will the bilingual teacher speak my child’s primary language?
Q- Where should I go if I have any other questions regarding the Bilingual/ESL program?