541 Palisades Avenue Garfield, New Jersey
Cahn, Federal Programs Asst. Supervisor
ESL and Bilingual Programs
enter the public schools speaking primarily a language other than
English may be in need of additional assistance in learning English and
in maintaining progress in the regular program. Garfield has an English
as a Second Language (ESL) program available in all grades, K-12, and in
all public schools. In order to determine which students need the ESL
program, a language test is given within the school. Children who
qualify receive specialized daily instruction in all aspects of
English: understanding, speaking, reading, and writing, which will
better prepare them for their school careers and their life in the
also has two Bilingual Programs, located in magnet elementary schools.
Polish bilingual students who participate are in Schools #4 and #4
Annex, and Spanish bilingual students are in School #6. The Bilingual
Program uses the native language and English to present skills in
reading/language arts and mathematics.
At the Middle
School and High School, students in the ESL program receive two daily
periods of instruction. The classes are regularly scheduled courses and
the students receive credit for them. In addition to all aspects of
learning the English language, content area vocabulary and concepts are
covered in the classes as well.
are eligible to participate in an additional period of ESL instruction
called High Intensity ESL in the elementary schools in lieu of bilingual
have little or no English skills additionally participate in a class
called Port of Entry ESL. This is for all students in all grades who
need this instruction.
children placed in a Limited English program will be notified by letter
no later than 30 days after they enter school indicating the reason for
placement and the child’s level of proficiency.
If you would
like further information about these programs, please call Geri Ledford,
Federal Programs Department Supervisor.