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

Visitation Dates:

The program is open to visitors from October until early June with the exception of testing weeks.

Visitation Procedures:

Visitations normally begin between 8:30  and 9:00 a.m. The world languages supervisor will provide an overview of the elementary dual immersion program that includes information on curriculum as well as assessment data on student achievement. Visitors will have the opportunity to observe classes at Pre K- 6 grade levels. A debriefing session will be provided at the conclusion of the visit.

Contact Information:
Mercedes Gil
201-862-6262
325 Tryon Avenue, Englewood NJ 07631
mgil@epsd.org

Demographics:

Englewood Public Schools serves a little over 3,200 students district-wide of which approximately 97 % of the same in the Early Childhood Program and in the elementary schools are of African-American and Latin-American heritage. Approximately 200 students are enrolled in the Mandarin Immersion Program and close to 400 students are currently enrolled in the Dual Language Program (Spanish/English).  Half of the children in the dual program come from non-English speaking homes and the other half from non-Spanish speaking homes. The ratio sometimes varies due to family mobility and student promotion.

World Languages Program:

The Englewood Public School District (EPSD)recognizes the benefits of a linguistically integrated approach to learning in grades Pre-K through 6 and the resulting impact on the local community and beyond.  In addition to our Model Dual Language (Spanish/English) Program, we provide students with the opportunity to acquire high levels of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. Project IMAGE (Immersion in Mandarin Achieves Gains in Education) is specifically designed for English and bilingual speaking students to assist in fostering high levels of student achievement in a second or third language, as well as in other content areas.

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.

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.

Princeton Regional 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@monet.prs.k12.nj.us
151 Moore St. 
Princeton

Demographics:

The Princeton Regional School District serves two intertwined municipalities, Princeton Borough and Princeton Township.  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 Regional 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 1st grade.  In 6th grade students either continue with Spanish or change to French. In 9th grade students may continue with French or Spanish and/or may begin Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, and Latin.   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.

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

Visitation Dates:

Dates are flexible.  Please contact the supervisor of world languages at least one week in advance of the proposed visit to schedule an observation.

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:

Carol Meulener, Supervisor of World Languages (carol.meulener@ww-p.org) 609-716-5000, 5120
High School North, 90 Grovers Mill Road, Plainsboro, NJ 08536
Directions to the district schools are located at: www.ww-p.org.

Demographics:

The West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District offers an excellent educational program to over 9,800 students. Student achievement is one of the great rewards for support of the WW-P school district. Such accomplishment is demonstrated on standardized tests where WW-P students surpass state and national counterparts. It is a tribute to the talents of our students and teachers that we continue to have a graduation rate of almost 100 percent.

The population of the school community reflects the growing trend toward pluralism in American society.  Students represent major racial and ethnic groups (53 percent Asian, 36 percent White, 7 percent African American, and 5 percent Hispanic).  Our students speak 33 languages.

World Languages Program:

The World Languages Program emphasizes effective communication through the creative use of the target language. Learners are surrounded with oral and written language that is meaningful and comprehensible, from the beginning of the sequence of study through advanced states of language acquisition. Culture is woven into all aspects of planning and teaching. Students have opportunities to use the target language in situations they are most likely to encounter when interacting with native speakers both in the United States and abroad. Free expression is encouraged. Students are aware that trial and error are natural and necessary facets of language acquisition. Grammar is the tool for communication, not the focus.  It is introduced and practiced as a means of transmitting spoken and written messages as accurately as possible. All students who continue the sequence through high school, regardless of learning styles, achievement levels, race/ethnic origin, socioeconomic status, or future academic goals, will graduate with the ability to communicate at proficiency levels required to function in a variety of settings in contemporary life.