Title III ESL and Bilingual Programs

Students who 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 for English Language Learners (ELLs) available in all grades, K-12, and in all public schools. In order to determine which students need to be placed in 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 United States. A letter is sent home advising parents of this opportunity; however, they have the right to refuse these services. Students receive one period daily of ESL instruction. The focus of the ESL program is to teach students to understand, speak, read, and write English. The ESL teachers also teach content area vocabulary and concepts within the ESL classrooms.

The district also has a Spanish Bilingual Magnet Program for students in kindergarten to grade 5 which is located in Abraham Lincoln School #6.  The Bilingual Programs use the native language and English to present skills in reading/language arts and mathematics.  Instruction is daily.

 At the Middle School and High School, students in the ESL program receive two daily periods of instruction, ESL and High Intensity ESL. 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.

Elementary ESL students who speak Spanish but whose parents have refused the Bilingual Program services are eligible to participate in an additional period of ESL instruction called High Intensity ESL in the elementary schools in lieu of bilingual education classes.

Students who 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.

Parents of 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 Ms. Mira Cahn, Federal Programs Department Supervisor.


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