English as a Second Language
A student whose first language is not English is identified as an ELL (English Language Learner) when he or she is assessed with the Lab-R (Language Assessment Battery-Revised) upon entering school. Once a student is identified as an ELL, he or she is placed in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. The ESL program consists of three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. The goal of the program is to assist students in their acquisition of academic English in its spoken, heard, read and written forms. English as a Second Language supports students as they learn academic content in their subject classes. A variety of instructional activities are offered to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Most students are considered proficient in three years. However, for some students the process may take longer, as individuals learn language at different rates. Students are provided with English support until they are determined proficient by the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) which is given annually in May. In addition to determining exit criteria, the NYSESLAT is used to measure a student's progress and level from year to year and serves as a placement instrument.
The English as a Second Language Program is aligned with the New York State Learning Standards for ESL.