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Englewood Public Schools
Bergen County
World Languages Model Program Designation:
Elementary World Languages Immersion Programs

Visitation Dates:

Please contact the Bilingual/ ESL & World Languages Supervisor, Mercedes Tellez-Gil, to arrange for a visitation date. Visitations will occur from October to May with the exception of weeks when district and state mandated exams are being administered.

Visitation Procedures:

Visitations will begin at 8:30 AM in the offices at Vince Lombardi School 85 W. Demarest Avenue (Room #107). The world languages supervisor will provide an overview of the Dual Language and Mandarin Immersion Programs. During this time guests will be presented with curriculum & instruction information as well as assessment data on student achievement. Visitors will have the opportunity to observe classes at all levels and a debriefing session will be provided at the conclusion of the visit.

Contact Information:

Mercedes Gil
Bilingual/ ESL & World Languages Supervisor
For directions, e-mail Ms. Tellez-Gil
85 W. Demarest Avenue Room #107
Englewood NJ 07631
mgil@epsd.org

Demographics:

Approximately 3,300 students are enrolled in the Englewood Public Schools (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12). There is an Early Childhood School serving students in grades Pre- K and Kindergarten. Additionally, there are two elementary schools spanning grades 1- 6 as well as a middle school and high school (composed of a comprehensive and Academies program).  The Englewood Public School community consists of a diverse student population: 65% is African American; 30%- Latino American; 2.0%-Asian American; and 3.0% European American.

World Languages Program:

The dual immersion program facilitates the development of the student's first language and the acquisition of a second language through content of the elementary curriculum while using various research-based approaches and techniques. All instructional activities are presented to students in a parallel mode in both target languages (English and Spanish). In the same way, the Mandarin program is afforded to all students beginning in Kindergarten through the sixth grade and in an immersion form for secondary education students.

Fair Haven School District
Monmouth County
World Languages Model Program Designation:
World Languages Program

Visitation Dates:

The program is open to visitors most days when school is in session except during testing weeks or when other school events take place. Please check the school's website for the school calendar (www.fairhaven.edu).

Visitation Procedures:

The schedule will be determined by the supervisor.

Contact Information:

Ellen D. Spears, 732-747-0320
Knollwood School
224 Hance Road
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
spearse@fairhavenbe.org

Demographics:

The Fair Haven School District consists of two elementary schools - the Viola L. Sickles School for grades Pre-K-3 and the Knollwood School for grades 4-8, and has a combined student population of approximately 1000 students who are primarily from English-speaking households. Fair Haven students attend Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School for grades 9-12.

World Languages Program:

The Fair Haven world language program offers both French and Spanish. All students begin the study of Spanish in the early elementary grades. In sixth grade, students may also elect to study French. Some students choose to study both French and Spanish.  Some students choose to study both French and Spanish.  In addition, eighth grade students may elect to take Chinese I at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.  These students take Chinese in addition to either French or Spanish or both.

The program uses a thematic approach to instruction and assesses students in the three modes of communication using performance-based assessment tasks that are tied to the thematic units. Embedded within the units are engaging culturally authentic tasks. It is important to note that teachers have participated in extensive professional development activities related to understanding the relationship between proficiency levels and student performance as well as the most recent pedagogical approaches to language learning. All classes are conducted in the target language.

HoLa Hoboken Dual Language Charter School
Hudson County
World Languages Model Program Designation:
Dual Language

Visitation Dates:

Visitations may be arranged on the third Wednesday of each month.

Visitation Procedures:

Please contact the supervisor to schedule a visit.

Contact Information

Monica Generoso
201-427-1458 x203
123 Jefferson Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Demographics:

The Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa) currently serves 246 students in Grades K-5, and will continue adding one grade per year until we reach K-8 with a total of 396 students. Our students represent a cross-section of the Hoboken community, across all parameters, and, although enrollment is determined by lottery, the school conducts extensive outreach each year to ensure that we attract as broad a range of applicants as possible. Our students are primarily English-dominant, although we have many bilingual students who speak Spanish - or another language - at home with their families.

World Languages Program:

The Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa) opened its doors to students in grades K-2 in September 2010. As of February 2014, it has been approved to expand to grade 8 by adding another grade per year.  We currently service children in grades K-5 and in 2014-2015 we will increase to grade 6.  HoLa offers a traditional core curriculum through instruction in both Spanish and English to children of all language backgrounds.  The program utilizes the well-established immersion approach to dual language education with a range of opportunities for creative expression and experiential learning. HoLa offers a 90/10 model for grades K-2, 60/40 model for grade 3 and a 50/50 model for grades 4-8. Students will become bilingual and biliterate in a culturally diverse and nurturing environment.

Princeton Public Schools
Mercer County
World Languages Model Program Designation:
K-12 World Languages Program

Visitation Dates:

The program is open to visitors on most Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Visitation Procedures:

Please email Priscilla Russel to arrange for a visit.

Contact Information:

Priscilla G. Russel
Priscilla_Russel@princetonk12.org
151 Moore St. 
Princeton

Demographics:

The Princeton Public Schools serves students from Princeton as well as students from Cranbury at the high school level.  Students represent all major racial and cultural groups, and speak many languages ranging from Arabic to Vietnamese.  24% of the students claim 1 of 52 languages other than English as their first tongue.

The Princeton Public Schools enroll approximately 3,400 students in six schools.  The six schools serve students through a combination of neighborhood or centralized sites.  The four elementary schools- Community Park, Riverside School, Littlebrook School, and Johnson Park School include full-day Kindergarten through fifth Grade and pre-K classes.

World Languages Program:

All students begin study of Spanish in elementary school.  In 6th grade students either continue with Spanish or change to French.  In 7th grade students may add Mandarin to their French or Spanish course. In 9th grade students may continue with French, Spanish and Mandarin and/or may begin Italian, Japanese, and Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish.   French, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin are offered through AP.  Students who study French and Spanish have the opportunity to take a cinema course in high school either post AP or as an alternative to AP. Teachers receive ongoing, high quality professional development from their supervisor and from district technology staff.

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WEST WINDSOR-PLAINSBORO REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
MERCER/MIDDLESEX COUNTIES
World Languages Model Program Designation:
K-12 World Languages Program

Visitation Dates:

Please contact the supervisor of world languages to arrange for a visit.

Visitation Procedures:

When requesting a visitation, it is helpful to indicate the desired grade levels and preferred duration of the visit. Prior to class observations, the supervisor will provide an overview of the district philosophy of second language learning, the district curriculum, and program highlights. There will be time allotted for a brief question-and-answer session with available teachers and administrators. The visit will conclude with a debriefing session.

Contact Information:

Sherry Sizemore, Supervisor of World Languages (Sherry.sizemore@ww-p.org)

Demographics:

The population of the school community reflects the growing trend toward pluralism in American society. Students represent major racial and ethnic groups (55 percent Asian, 34 percent White, 7 percent African American, and 4 percent Hispanic).

World Languages Program:

The WW-P World Languages Department provides regular world language instruction for students in elementary school.    All students in grades 6-8 study their choice of Chinese, French, German or Spanish for five 40 minute sessions per week.  They continue the same language for all three years.  Students moving into the district after 6th grade are provided beginning Spanish.

High School students primarily continue the same language they studied in middle school.  Students choosing to start a new language may take beginning Spanish or French.  Native/Heritage speakers may test into the appropriate level of their native language.
All world language teachers are certified in the language they teach and use the communicative approach, with the target language being used for at least 90%of class time.  Curricula are thematic and learning is contextual and spiraling, with the emphasis on student use of the language.

Students are assessed using Integrated Performance Assessments which involve transfer tasks in all three modes of communication.  Assessments are common across language and level-alike courses throughout the district.

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