The purpose of the pre-kindergarten to grade twelve (12) programs is to ensure that all English Learners (EL) students are provided with an appropriate public education to meet their academic, social and cultural needs. Students who speak a second language at home are assessed by a WIDA certified English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher when they first enter our school district. Students are administered the WIDA MODEL – English Language Proficiency Test to determine if English language services are required. The results of this assessment, plus one other indicator, determine if the student should be enrolled in an English language program.
The Bilingual Program (Spanish and Haitian Creole) – is a full-time program of instruction, which a child is entitled to receive based on Federal and State law, given in the native language of the EL student and also in English.
- Pre- K Bilingual Native Language Support – Augusta Pre-School / Providers
- Transitional Bilingual Education in Kindergarten to Second Grades – Florence Avenue – Spanish and Chancellor Avenue – Haitian Creole
- Irvington High School Bilingual Co-Teaching Model for Grades 9 and 10 for Math, Science, Social Studies Classes – Program Offered to Spanish and Haitian Creole students with low English proficiency levels.
The English as a Second Language Program – a daily developmental second language program of one or two periods of instruction per day to achieve English language proficiency as the alternate program to a bilingual program. All district schools offer ESL programs.
The Structured Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model – a research-based and validated model of sheltered instruction that has been successfully used across the U.S. for over 15 years. All district staff have received professional development on the SIOP Model, which helps teachers plan and deliver lessons that allow ELs to acquire academic knowledge as they develop English language proficiency.
EL Enrichment After School Program – a program that provides homework help as well as intensive reading, writing and speaking activities to support daily content instruction.
Imagine Learning Program – a computer-delivered language and literacy program that works to close the achievement gap at an accelerated rate by automatically creating a unique curriculum for each student based on his or her needs. There was a pilot program during 15-16 school year at Florence Avenue. Expansion of the program will occur at Chancellor Avenue and Augusta Preschool during the 16-17 school year.
ELLEVATION – a software company exclusively focused on English Learners (ELs) and the educators that serve them. The Ellevation platform puts all information and data about ELs in one place, helping educators enhance instruction, save time, and improve collaboration.
The Enrollment, Placement and Assessment Steps for ELs –
- Home Language Survey
- Administration of an English Proficiency Testing
- Parental Notification & Consent
- Program Placement
- Yearly WIDA ACCESS Proficiency Assessments
- Exiting Program Based on WIDA ACCESS Scores