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2018-2020 Bilingual/ESL Model Programs

District, School, and Type of Program

Atlantic City School District
Atlantic City High School, grades 9-12
Newcomer Students Center (comprehensive program)

Dates when others can visit your program

Flexible dates are available throughout the school year (scheduled through the ACHS contact person.)

Contact Person Email

Mark Deebold

District and School Demographics

ACHS Enrollment: 1862 
ELLs 8% (153)

Home Language 

  • English (57.2%)
  • Spanish (25.2%)
  • Bengali (7.4%)
  • Vietnamese (3.0%)
  • Urdu (1.6%)
  • Other (6.0%)

Short Description of the Program

The Newcomer Program for newly arrived students offers intensive English language immersion. Students are enrolled in three periods of ESL during their first year.  Access to technology affords students opportunities to actively engage in meaningful activities while acquiring critical technological and literacy skills. Students’ progress from basic phonics instruction and limited keyboarding skills to the acquisition of social and key academic language as well as a general understanding “G Suite” apps as Docs, Hangouts, Forms, Slides and Drive.  New to the 2017-18 school year is the addition of three content area courses reserved specifically for newcomer students:  Newcomer Science, Newcomer Math, and Newcomer History.  Instructors work closely with the Newcomer ESL teacher and SIOP coach to design, deliver and assess instructional activities appropriate for the Newcomer student.  Sheltered content classes are designed to provide students with authentic, hands-on activities in which content and language proficiencies are emphasized.  Newcomer Science utilizes a lab and greenhouse that provide an exemplary setting for a wide range of exploratory, science-based investigations.  The curriculum of Newcomer History has been adapted to meet the needs of students with Basic English Proficiency Levels.  Newcomer Math builds a foundation for students to be successful in higher-level math classes.  Newcomer ESL utilizes iLit ELL to build academic language, improve language production, and increase literacy. Newcomer ESL also includes a daily segment of interactive cooperative activities designed to build a sense of trust, sharing, and community.

Franklin Township Elementary ESL Program and High School ESL Program

District, School, and Type of Program

Franklin Township, Somerset County.  (1) Elementary ESL & Bilingual program and (2) high school ESL program.

Dates when others can visit your program

Visitors are asked to contact Julie Ochoa at (732) 873-2400 x. 509 or via email at at least four weeks in advance to schedule.

Contact Person, Phone Number, Address, and Email

Julie Ochoa
Supervisor of ESL & Bilingual Programs K-12
1755 Amwell Road
Somerset, NJ  08873
(732) 873-2400 x. 509

District and School Demographics

Franklin Township Public Schools is a very diverse, K-12 district serving approximately 7,200 students, of which about 650 are considered ELLs.  About 45% of students receive free or reduced lunch.  In 2018-2019 we will have seven elementary schools (PreK-5) two middle schools (6-8), and one high school.  Over 65 languages are spoken in our schools, with Spanish being the most commonly spoken.

Short Description of the Program

Elementary ESL & Bilingual: Pine Grove Manor houses the elementary TBE program with homerooms in K-3 and pullout LAL and Math in grades 4-5.  Additionally, ESL is provided a combination of pull-out from Science/Social studies and push-in during literacy.  Unit assessments are created to mimic the ACCESS and include PARCC-like questions. ESL only support is provided at four other elementary schools:  Hillcrest, Elizabeth Avenue, Franklin Park and Claremont.

High School ESL: Level one and two students receive a high intensity program and it replaces grade level English classes.  At levels 3 and 4, students receive a grade level English class plus an ESL class. Co-taught classes, which are taught by a content area teacher and an ESL teacher, are offered in History and Physics for level 1 & 2 students. Expectations are high for ELLs.  Grade level content and skills are taught even at the very beginning levels of English learning.  The curriculum is connected to the grade level Common Core and the WIDA standards.

Howell ESL Program Grades K-8

District, School, and Type of Program:

Howell Township Public Schools is a K-8 district with 12 schools.  Adelphia School is home to our K-2 ESL Program.  Ardena School is home to our 3-5 ESL program.  Howell Township Middle School North is home to our 6-8 ESL program.  The program design includes a High Intensity ESL Program for grades K-8.  Kindergarten ESL is delivered through a push-in/ pull-out hybrid model with a strong emphasis on Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP)-based strategies for instruction to make content accessible to English Language Learners.      

Please provide dates when others can visit your program:

Opportunities for visitation are planned throughout the year.  Requests for visitation can be submitted through an online form, accessible through the following webpage:

Contact Person, Phone Number, Address, and E-mail:

Adelphia School
495 Adelphia Road
(Howell Township)
Freehold, NJ 07728
Principal: Danielle Palazzolo

Ardena School

355 Adelphia Road
(Howell Township)
Farmingdale, NJ 07727 
Principal: Dr. Deborah Pennell

Howell Twp. Middle School North

501 Squankum-Yellowbrook Road
(Howell Township)
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Principal: Paul Farley

Stella Cohen, ESL Coach

Jacqueline Moore, Supervisor

Jill Broxmeyer, Secretary to the ESL Supervisor
732-751-2480 ext. 3807

District and School Demographics:

The Howell Township Public Schools is a K-8 district, serving approximately 6,500 students.  The district includes five primary (K-2), five elementary (3-5), and three middle schools (6-8).  The ESL population is comprised of approximately 120 students district-wide.  More than fifteen languages are represented, including: Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Arabic, Bangali and Polish. 

Short Description of the Program:

The Howell Township Schools ESL program consists of several components, including:

  • High Intensity ESL Instructional Model in Grades K-8;
  • Intensive Professional Development in Sheltered English Instruction (SIOP/FABRIC) practices for all general education, special areas, and ESL instructional staff in magnet schools;
  • Intensive Professional Development, on issues impacting learning for ESL students, for child study team members, guidance counselors, speech therapists, and administrators;
  • Technology Integration – through the use of iPads, MacBooks, Web 2.0 tools, teacher-created web-based resources, and various other technology resources to support language acquisition and content-related learning;
  • Summer Program for English Language Learners (K-8);
  • Instructional support through ESL Paraprofessionals; and
  • Instructional support through an ESL Coach available to all teachers in ESL magnet schools, as well as schools serving students who have previously exited or declined the ESL program. 

Linden ELL Program Grades K-12

District, School, and Type of Program

Linden Public Schools / K-12 ELL Program.

Dates when others can visit your program

Contact Kevin A. LaMastra, the program’s supervisor, at any time during the school year to arrange a visit.

Contact Person, Phone Number, Address, and Email

Kevin LaMastra
2 East Gibbons Street
Linden, NJ 07036
908-486-2800 Ext. 8029

District and School Demographics

There are approximately 6,038 students in Pre-K through 12 attending the eight elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Based on this year's primary language survey, 1,316 out of 6,045 of the district's students speak 33 languages other than English at home. Linden is a diverse multi-ethnic community with the following racial distribution: 

  • African-American: 36.24%; 
  • Hispanic: 33.02%;
  • Multiracial: 3.73%; 
  • White: 24.20%.

The English Language Learners population is comprised of approximately 500 students. Of the 22 languages spoken at home among our ELLs, the most common ones are Polish, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. The students in the K-12 ELL program represent the wide linguistic and cultural diversity found within the districts' borders.

Short Description of the Program

The elementary ELL program uses both pullout and push-in models, and students receive additional reading intervention services if necessary by a trained Literacy Support Team. At the middle school level, students receive an hour per day of ELL instruction taught by a certified ELL teacher. All of the school’s content area teachers have received extensive training in Sheltered Instruction strategies, which they employ in all classes. The High-Intensity alternative program is offered in high school where ELL students receive two periods of ELL instruction. After school tutoring services are available throughout the school year at all levels. The district offers a five-week summer program in English as a Second Language at both the elementary and secondary level. The program focuses on developing literacy skills and academic language across the content areas, and providing students with compelling and comprehensible field experiences that help to bring classroom learning to life. The Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee meets regularly to provide current information about available services to our parents and community members.


Passaic Bilingual Program Grades K-8

District, School, and Type of Program.

Passaic Public Schools, K - 8 Bilingual Program

Dates when others can visit your program.

Between October and May with the exception of testing weeks or other school events. Please contact the district at least three weeks in advance to schedule a visit.

Please check the district’s website for the school calendar

Contact Person, Phone Number, Address, and E-mail

Dr. Gloria P. Vargas
Director of Bilingual/ESL & World Language Education
663 Main Avenue, Passaic, NJ 07055
973-470-5500 - Ext. 4219

Yberka Espinal
Administrative Assistant
663 Main Avenue, Passaic, NJ 07055
973-470-5500 - Ext. 5749

District and School Demographics

  • 11 K–8 Schools
  • About 15,080 students
  • About 3,468 English Language Learners (ELLs)
    • About 3,290 ELLs attend K-8 Schools
    • About 506 ELLs attend Passaic High School
    • The ELL population represents different native languages including Spanish, Gujarati, Arabic, Chinese, Georgian, Hindi, Ilocano, Mandingo, Philippine, Portuguese, Punjabi, and Tagalog.
  • About 2,174 Special Education Students
  • 92.33% Hispanic/Latino
  • 4.47% Black
  • 1.76% Asian
  • 1.22% White
  • 0.13% Pacific Islander
  • 0.06% American Indian
  • 0.03% Other
  • 72% of the student population is eligible for free meals
  • 2.9% of the student population is eligible for reduced priced meals

Short Description of the Program

The goal and mission of the Passaic Public Schools bilingual programs is to develop bilingual and biliterate students who speak, read, and write fluently in English and
Spanish. This program follows a Developmental Bilingual approach. Students in a Spanish bilingual program learn subject matter in their primary language while developing English language skills. The following are some examples of actions considered in designing Bilingual/ESL programs:

  • ELLs and general education students are exposed to the same curricula.
  • Instructional materials used in general education classrooms are available in Spanish to provide parallel instruction.
  • Language development supports, ESL strategies, and bilingual components are included in curriculum documents to assist teachers.
  • Adoption of a standards-based ESL instructional
  • An ESL standard-based curriculum is implemented during ESL instruction and integrated through the content areas (Social Studies, Science) within the course of the school day.
  • Provide instructional scaffolding
  • Teachers have been trained in ‘Teaching for Biliteracy’ approach to follow the biliteracy framework:
    • Proficiency in Spanish is used to drive academic achievement and proficiency in English.
    • Transfer the academic content students learn in Spanish to English
    • Engage in contrastive analysis
    • Develop academic English and Spanish across content areas
    • Read and write grade-level texts across the curriculum
    • Develop metalinguistic awareness


Vineland Bilingual Program Grades K-5 and 9-12
Vineland ESL Program Grades K-5 and 9-1

District, school, and type of program

Vineland Public Schools: ESL and Bilingual Programs K-5 and 9-12.
Vineland High School and Gloria M. Sabater Elementary School

Dates when others can visit your program

By appointment

Contact Person, Phone Number, Address, and E-mail

Dr. JoAnne Negrin, Supervisor of ESL, Bilingual Education, World Languages, and Performing Arts
Vineland Public Schools
61 W. Landis Avenue
Vineland, NJ 08360
(856) 794-6700 x2018 (e-mail preferred)

District and school demographics

12,000 students, 1,000 ELLs. School poverty rates range between 50%-95%. Approximately
two-thirds of all VPS students have a language other than English in the home.

Short Description of the Program

The bilingual program is a transitional bilingual program. This program focuses on the development of content knowledge in students' native language as they develop their English skills. Kindergarten and first grade focus entirely on native language literacy and content area development. Students gradually transition to English as they approximate grade level in their L1 and develop sufficient competency in English within their bilingual classrooms. As a final stage, students will be in an English-medium classroom with ESL support until that support is no longer needed.

Our ESL program is fully aligned with the ELA curriculum and the WIDA standards, providing a smooth transition for students who exit the program. The district has also done extensive work on training non-ELL teachers in Sheltered Instruction practices and generally building shared knowledge and philosophy.

Since implementing these practices, student achievement has greatly increased on both the ACCESS for ELLs and on content area achievement benchmarks. VPS ELLs received higher growth scores on the 5th grade PARCC assessment taken in 2017 than did VPS students district wide, and scale scores of ELLs and non-ELLs were statistically equal in the 5th grade PARCC writing assessment.