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World Languages

Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa)
Hudson County
Dual Language Model Program Designation:
Dual Language K-8

Visitation Dates and Procedures:

By appointment, October through May

Contact Information:

Jennifer Sargent, Executive Director
123 Jefferson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 427-1458

School and District/Program Demographics:

Dual language program (90-10 model)

400 students
White 54%
Asian 8%
Black 7%
Hispanic 29%
Other 2%
FRPL 10%
IEP 9%

Dual Language Program:

HoLa is a Spanish-English dual language program, serving a diverse population of students in grades K-8. HoLa adheres to the 90-10 (full immersion) approach, whereby students in grades K-2 receive 90 percent of their academic instruction in Spanish, with one period of English Language Arts daily; starting in third grade, the language distribution shifts to 50-50, and remains so through eighth grade. HoLa offers a traditional core curriculum with an emphasis on STEM and the arts, and a range of opportunities for experiential and hands-on learning.

HoLA Program Overview Video

Egg Harbor Township
Atlantic County
World Languages Model Program Designation:
Hispanohablantes / Heritage Speaker Program

Visitation Dates and Procedures:

The program is open to visitors from October through the April.  Visitations may be made by appointment with the Supervisor the first Tuesday or Wednesday of the month.

Contact Information:

Michele Schreiner, Supervisor of World Languages and ESL
Egg Harbor Township Schools
24 High School Drive
Egg Harbor Twp, NJ 08234
609-653-0100 ext.1696

School and District/Program Demographics:

Joyanne Miller Elementary School (gr 4/5) , Alder Avenue Middle School (gr 6 to 8), Fernwood Avenue Middle School (gr 6 to 8), Egg Harbor Township High School (gr 9 to 12)

Egg Harbor Township School District (PK to 12) is a diverse, suburban district over 60 sq. miles that is located 10 miles West of Atlantic City.  More than 7,400 students are enrolled in 4 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and one high school.  Approximately 26% of the student population is Hispanic.  Students and their families speak more than 50 different languages in their homes.

Heritage Speaker Program:

The Hispanohablantes program serves more than 300 students in grades 5 through 12.  The program begins in 5th grade at the Dr. Joyanne Miller Elementary School.  Both Alder Avenue Middle School and Fernwood Avenue Middle School offer classes to Hispanohablantes in grades 6-8. At the High School Hispanohablantes classes are offered at the College Prep, Honors, and AP level in Grades 9 through 12. The program builds students’ proficiency in Spanish through a focus on literacy development.

Hispanohablantes Program Overview Video

Ocean City High School
Cape May County
World Languages Model Program Designation:
American Sign Language (ASL)

Visitation Dates and Procedures:

We will work to accommodate visitors with advanced notification.

Contact Information:

Curt Nath
Director of Academic Services           
501 Atlantic Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-399-1290 x5416

Amy Anderson
American Sign Language Teacher
501 Atlantic Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226

School and District/Program Demographics:

2016-2017 Data


High School:




Economically Disadvantaged



Special Education



English Learners



Our High School has a sending/receiving relationship with Upper Township and Sea Isle City and is also a part of the School Choice program attracting students from surrounding districts to a variety of Academic Academies. For more detailed information, or to review our School Performance Report, please visit the Ocean City Schools website.

American Sign Language Program:

We offer American Sign Language courses for grades 10-12 consisting of a three-year sequence.  ASL I introduces American Sign Language, the language used by the Deaf community. Student experiences will include vocabulary development, numbers, finger spelling and an introduction to the syntax and grammar through conversational phrases, dialogues, and videotapes. Class is primarily conducted in sign language with no voice. Students will explore Deaf culture, history, and related vocational opportunities. ASL II will continue the study of American Sign Language in an environment devoid of voicing. The use of signing space, facial grammar, body postures, fluent finger spelling, and continued vocabulary development will be emphasized. More complex grammatical structures will be introduced, and students will participate in various role-playing activities. Students will continue to gain an understanding of Deaf Culture during field trips, assemblies, and classroom visits from Deaf presenters. ASL III is for students who have demonstrated exceptional ability and interest in the study of ASL and who seek more challenging linguistic exploration into the language. Students will continue to deepen their study of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture in an environment devoid of voicing. This course will be taught through project-based thematic units where students are part of a “minority culture” on planet Earth where the majority of people are Deaf, American Sign Language users. Students will spend significant time preparing for the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) in an effort to earn the “Seal of Biliteracy” certificate at the end of the course.

Ocean City High School Program Overview PowerPoint

West Morris Regional High School District
Morris County
World Languages Model Program Designation:
World Languages Program

Visitation Dates and Procedures:

Visitors are welcome by appointment any day of the week. It is our pleasure and privilege to host visiting districts and to share our practices and materials. Please contact Jessica Lasusa, Supervisor of World Languages (email preferred) to set up an appointment.

Contact Information:

Jessica Lasusa, (908) 879-6404 extension 1506, email:

School and District/Program Demographics:

The West Morris Regional High School District is comprised of two high schools (grades 9 to 12):
West Morris Mendham High School and West Morris Central High School.
There are 2,616 students in the district, with 1,277 at West Morris Central and 1,339 at
West Morris Mendham. The demographics of the district are as follows: Asian: 5%,
African American: 2%, Hispanic: 3%, American Indian: less than 1%, Multiracial:
3%, Other Pacific Islander: less than 1%, White: 86%, Unclassified: less than 1%.

World Language Program:

The West Morris Regional High School District anchors its World Language Program in the goal that all students will be able to communicate in the target language for meaningful purposes.  We offer a high-quality, culturally authentic, immersion-experience World Language Program.  The district offers Chinese, French, and Spanish in levels I through V, as well as International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses, at both West Morris Central and West Morris Mendham high schools.

The program operates on a rotating block schedule, where classes meet for 58 minutes per day, three days out of every four-day cycle.

All World Language teachers in our program abide by the ACTFL Target Language Position Statement, and provide an immersed setting of 90% target language beginning in level I. 
We design our curriculum around culturally authentic, developmentally appropriate, engaging and meaningful units of study.  Teachers strive for the language and the culture to come alive during every lesson.

West Morris Program Overview Video

West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District
Mercer/Middlesex Counties
World Languages Model Program Designation:
K-12 World Languages Program

Visitation Dates and Procedures:

Visits may be requested by emailing:

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:

Michelle Soller, Assistant to District Supervisor of World Languages

School and District/Program 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).  There are approximately 9,900 students in ten schools: 6 elementary schools; 2 middle schools; and 2 high schools.

World Languages Program:

The WW-P World Languages Department provides regular world language instruction for students in elementary school. Every elementary school student in the district takes Spanish for two 40-minute periods per week.  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 choosing from Chinese, French, German, or Spanish.  Classes up to an including AP are offered in all four languages.  All high school classes meet for one hour on a rotating basis three out of every four days.  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.

West Windsor-Plainsboro Program Overview Video