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English as a Second Language (ESL)


A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. William Arthur Ward



Classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) are established to assist English Language Learners (ELLs) acquire English as a second language while gaining content knowledge to meet graduation requirements in the content areas. Students with this designation have scored below the minimum cutoff established by the state of New Jersey on a state approved English language proficiency assessment instrument. Annual standardized tests approved by the State of New Jersey monitor student progress, and help to determine how they advance through the program.

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English as a Second Language K-8
E.S.L. is an intensive English program for those students whose first language is a language other than English and whose proficiency in English indicates that they are still learning English as a second language. Students in this program are part of a mainstream classroom throughout the day, and receive additional instruction from an E.S.L. specialist either in a small group setting or within their mainstream classroom. Instruction in this program is in English only. Instruction focuses on the concepts and language needed to succeed in the regular academic program.