• English as a Second Language Program
     
    The Bilingual Education Act (N.J.S.A. 18A:35-15 and P.L. 1974, c.197) also states all ELLs need to be provided at least one period of instruction every day by a certified ESL teacher. “English as a second language (ESL) program” means a daily developmental second-language program based on student language proficiency that teaches aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in English using second language teaching techniques, and incorporates the cultural aspects of the students' experiences in their ESL instruction. A period is the time allocated in the school schedule for instruction in core subjects.  In New Brunswick Public Schools, students begin their education in one of possible four levels (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4) depending on their English proficiency.  
    • Grades K-5
      • Students participating in the Elementary ESL program receive instruction for forty minutes each day by a certified ESL teacher. During this “push in” period, the ESL teacher and mainstream teacher co-teach and collaborate to coordinate small group instruction according to their proficiency levels. During this time, the ESL teacher follows a curriculum based on the WIDA and New Jersey Student Learning standards and provides instruction to strengthen the student language in all four domains: listening, speaking, reading, with an emphasis on writing.  The goal is to create a true partnership in which the mainstream teacher and ESL teacher work with the students to foster a sense of self-efficacy and ownership of learning.
    • Grades 6-8
      • This program is designed to use English as the language of instruction. Students’ receive 40 minutes of structure ESL. During this time, the ESL teacher follows a curriculum based on the WIDA and New Jersey Student Learning standards and provides instruction to strengthen the student language in all four domains: listening, speaking, reading, with an emphasis on writing.
    • Grades 9-12
      • This program is designed to use English as the language of instruction. Students’ receive 80 minutes of structure ESL. During this time, the ESL teacher follows a curriculum based on the WIDA and New Jersey Student Learning standards and provides instruction to strengthen the student language in all four domains: listening, speaking, reading, with an emphasis on writing.
    • High Intensity ESL
      • Students receive two or more periods of ESL instruction a day. One period is the standard ESL class and the other period is an ESL reading class.
    • Assessment
      • ACCESS 2.0 for ELLs
    All English Language Learners are tested once each year using the ACCESS for ELLs test to measure English Language Proficiency as well as to determine placement for the following year. As soon as students meet the multiple exit criteria they will be placed in the general education program. It is expected that all students will advance each year and that all students will exit within the time frame provided by NJDOE.