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2014-2016 Model Program Information

Atlantic City School District
Atlantic City High School, ESL/Bilingual Newcomer Center

Dates when others can visit the program: Please contact us to arrange a visitation.

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

Lourdes Vidal-Turner, District Supervisor – ESL/Bilingual/World Languages
(609) 343-7200 ext. 5011

Mark Deebold, SIOP Coach
(609) 343-7300 ext. 2302

District and school demographics:

The Atlantic City School District serves the needs of nearly 7,000 students in one Pre-K, nine elementary/middle, and two high schools – more than 1,000 of which are ELLs.  More than 85% of students in the district receive free or reduced price lunch. 

Short Description of the Program:

Our comprehensive program provides instruction to English Language Learners whose education and proficiency levels range from students with interrupted formal education to those who have recently exited.

Our newcomer program provides students with an extended ESL class in which teachers provide SIOP based instruction supplemented with an online program which tracks student progress and provides the opportunity for recent arrivals to work at their own pace.  This class is supplemented with an additional course in basic literacy.

ESL One and ESL Two classes provide double period instruction.  Students are engaged in online course work, collaborative activities and project based learning.  ESL Three and Four students utilize adapted mainstream text to conduct close readings and apply their understanding of key literary elements.  Both current and former ESL students are offered classes which provide test-taking strategies in preparation for state mandated assessments.

Content area classes are taught by content certified, SIOP trained instructors.  Nine sheltered classes (three each in the areas of science, history and math) are provided for all English Language Learners.  Eight bilingual classes (three in history and math, two in the sciences) are offered for Spanish speakers who enter the program with an introductory level of English.  Two separate bilingual literacy classes are provided to those Spanish speaking students whose native literacy levels are significantly below grade level.  Additionally, a sheltered Keys to Finance class has been developed to satisfy the recent state requirement.

Our ESL/Bilingual personnel includes a trilingual guidance counselor, a bilingual social worker, three bilingual content teachers, three sheltered instructors and six ESL teachers, many  of whom speak a second language.  Working together with a very supportive administration, (which includes a bilingual supervisor and assistant principal) our staff is dedicated to providing our students with the skills and strategies necessary to be exceptionally prepared for the rigors of college, career and citizenship.

Clifton Public Schools, Clifton, New Jersey

Elementary Magnet Schools #12, #13, #14, and #17
K-5 ESL Only and Bilingual Magnet Programs in Arabic and Spanish

Christopher Columbus Middle School

6-8 High Intensity ESL with sheltered content subjects (Social Studies and Science) and POE Programs

Dates when others can visit your program:  Visitors are asked to contact Ms. Alicja J. Banning at: 973-470-2267 to schedule a visitation.

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

Alicja J. Banning
Supervisor of Bilingual/ESL & World Languages K-12
745 Clifton Avenue
Clifton, New Jersey   07013

District and school demographics:

The Clifton Public School District has an enrollment of approximately 11,000 students.  41% of the district's students come from families speaking a language other than English and approximately 5% are English language learners (ELLs).  Bilingual programs are offered in Spanish and Arabic in grades K-5, with High Intensity ESL and content classes taught by Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) trained teachers in grades 6-8.

Short Description of the Program:

There are currently 550 pupils enrolled in Bilingual-ESL Programs in the Clifton District.  The Clifton program for ELLs in Grades K-5 is provided at schools 12, 13, 14 and 17.  Schools 12, 13, and 17 serve as magnet schools for Spanish speaking youngsters.  School 14 houses the Arabic bilingual program.  High intensity ESL is offered at Christopher Columbus Middle School.  POE programs are also offered at the middle school for newcomers to the USA.  Grade 6-8 ELLs also receive sheltered content area instruction.  All of these schools provide ESL services for children for up to 67 language groups.  The schools provide a dynamic combination of self-contained and pullout programs aligned with the district curricular objectives, following a model of sheltered English instruction.  Bilingual and ESL classes are exclusively content based in order to foster a high level of student achievement in English.  The master schedule in each building is developed to accommodate the needs of the program.  Curricular modifications for ELLs are infused into all district curriculum guides.  A Testing/Resource program provides support to students for up to four years after exiting Bilingual and ESL. SIOP training is infused via the District's professional development program.

Howell Township Public Schools
  Ardena Elementary School (K-5) K-5 ESL program
  Howell Township Middle School North (6-8) middle school ESL program 

Dates when others can visit your program:

  • Ardena Elementary School:  Visitations for Ardena Elementary School are available on the first Tuesday of each month in October through March), as arranged through the contact listed below.
  • Howell Twp. Middle School North:  Visitations for North are available October through March, as arranged through the contact listed below.

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

Ardena Elementary School
355 Adelphia Road
(Howell Township)
Farmingdale, NJ 07727 
Contact: Diane Yegelwel
732-751-2485, extension 3451

Howell Twp. Middle School North
501 Squankum-Yellowbrook Road
(Howell Township)
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Contact: Lisa Hall
732-919-0095, extension 7350

District and school demographics:

The Howell Township Public Schools is a K-8 district, serving approximately 6,500 students.  The district includes nine elementary and three middle schools.  The District Factor Group is "FG."  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.  Ardena Elementary School is home to the K-5 magnet ESL program, and currently serves approximately 100 of the district's English Language Learners at the K-5 level. Howell Township Middle School North is home to the 6-8 magnet ESL program, and currently serves approximately 20 of the district's English Language Learners at the middle school level.

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 Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) 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 iPODs, Web 2.0 tools, teacher-created web-based resources, FIRST Robotics LEGO League, and various other technology resources to support language acquisition and content-related learning; and
  • Summer Program for English Language Learners (K-8).

Linden Public Schools
Union County
Bilingual/English as a Second Language Model Program Designation:
K-12 ESL Program

District, School, and Type of Program:
Linden Public Schools
Elementary Magnet Schools: #2, #6, #8, and #9
Middle Schools: Soehl and McManus
High Schools: Linden High School

  • K-5: ESL pull-out and push-in program for 40-45 minute periods
  • K-5: Bilingual Magnet Programs in Spanish, Polish, and Haitian Creole
  • 6-8: High-Intensity ESL
  • 9-12: High-Intensity ESL with SIOP Math, Science, and Social Studies
  • 9-12: ESL Youth Leadership program and International Club
  • District-wide Parent and Community outreach program
  • Ongoing Professional Development in Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) provided for all district educators and administrators
  • Professional Development and modeling of best practices for all Pre-Kindergarten teachers to address needs of English Language Learners
  • Technology infused in daily instruction
  • Summer program available for all ELL's in grades 6-12
  • Pilot district for Seal of Biliteracy nationwide initiative

Visitation Dates:

Visitations begin October 2014. Please e-mail Alphonsina Paternostro at least two weeks in advance to arrange a visit. Districts are asked to limit the visit team to 4 educators.

Contact Information:

Alphonsina Paternostro
Supervisor of World Languages/ESL/Bilingual Education
2 East Gibbons Street
Linden, NJ 07036
(908) 486-2800 Ext. 8029


There are approximately 6,038 students Pre-K through 12 attending the 8 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 1 high school. Based on this year's primary language survey, 1,316 out of 6,045 of our 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 ESL population is comprised of 368 students. Of the 22 languages spoken at home among our ELLs, the most common ones are Polish, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. The students in our program represent the wide variety of cultures that can be found within our borders.

Bilingual/English as a Second Language Program:

The elementary ESL program uses both pull-out and push-in models, and students receive additional reading intervention services if necessary by a trained Literacy Support Team. The High-Intensity alternative program is offered in the middle and high school where ESL students receive 2 periods of ESL instruction. After school tutoring services are available throughout the school year at all levels. The five-week summer program in English as a Second Language at the secondary level, focuses on developing critical thinking, listening, and speaking skills; and furthermore, the strategies learned in this course will also help students become more effective writers. The Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee meets regularly to provide current information about available services to our parents and community members.

New Brunswick Public Schools
Placement Center

Dates when others can visit your program:

Visitations can be scheduled by appointment only throughout the school
calendar year between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm.

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

Carolina Rodriguez, Secretary
732.745.5300 ext. 5445
268 Baldwin St. C/O Bilingual Department

District and school demographics:
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Short Description of the Program:

All newly arrived students to the USA who speak a language other than English are tested for proper placement by the ESL and World Language.

Specialists at the Bilingual/ESL Placement and Testing Center located on the 1st Floor at 268 Baldwin Street.  The following documents are required:

  • Completed Home School Registration Form
  • Birth certificate
  • Latest Report Card or transfer card if report card is not available.

All new students who come to the Bilingual/ESL Placement Testing Center are assessed using the following criteria:
MAC II Language Proficiency Test, used to determine the level of English Proficiency of students whose first language is other than English.

Students who do not reach the established standard are students of Limited English Proficiency (LEP). SUPERA Test, used to determine academic achievement in Mathematics, Reading and language Arts in Spanish for appropriate grade placement.