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World Languages

Englewood Public Schools
Bergen County
World Languages Model Program Designation:
Elementary World Languages Immersion Programs

Visitation Dates:

The program is open to visitors from October until early June with the exception of testing weeks.

Visitation Procedures:

Visitations normally begin between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. The world languages supervisor will provide an overview of the elementary dual immersion program that includes information on curriculum as well as assessment data on student achievement. Visitors will have the opportunity to observe classes at Pre K- 6 grade levels. A debriefing session will be provided at the conclusion of the visit.

Contact Information:

Mercedes Gil
201-862-6262
325 Tryon Avenue, Englewood NJ 07631
mgil@epsd.org

Demographics:

Englewood Public Schools serves a little over 3,200 students district-wide of which approximately 97 % of the same in the Early Childhood Program and in the elementary schools are of African-American and Latin-American heritage. Approximately 200 students are enrolled in the Mandarin Immersion Program and close to 400 students are currently enrolled in the Dual Language Program (Spanish/English). Half of the children in the dual program come from non-English speaking homes and the other half from non-Spanish speaking homes. The ratio sometimes varies due to family mobility and student promotion.

World Languages Program:

The Englewood Public School District (EPSD)recognizes the benefits of a linguistically integrated approach to learning in grades Pre-K through 6 and the resulting impact on the local community and beyond. In addition to our Model Dual Language (Spanish/English) Program, we provide students with the opportunity to acquire high levels of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. Project IMAGE (Immersion in Mandarin Achieves Gains in Education) is specifically designed for English and bilingual speaking students to assist in fostering high levels of student achievement in a second or third language, as well as in other content areas.

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Fair Haven School District
Monmouth County
World Languages Model Program Designation:

World Languages Program

Visitation Dates:

The program is open to visitors most days when school is in session except during testing weeks or when other school events take place. Please check the school's website for the school calendar (www.fairhaven.edu).

Visitation Procedures:

The schedule will be determined by the supervisor.

Contact Information:

Ellen D. Spears, 732-747-0320
Knollwood School
224 Hance Road
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
spearse@fairhavenbe.org

Demographics:

The Fair Haven School District consists of two elementary schools - the Viola L. Sickles School for grades Pre-K-3 and the Knollwood School for grades 4-8, and has a combined student population of approximately 1000 students who are primarily from English-speaking households. Fair Haven students attend Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School for grades 9-12.

World Languages Program:

The Fair Haven world language program offers both French and Spanish. All students begin the study of Spanish in the early elementary grades. In sixth grade, students may also elect to study French. Some students choose to study both French and Spanish.  Some students choose to study both French and Spanish.  In addition, eighth grade students may elect to take Chinese I at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.  These students take Chinese in addition to either French or Spanish or both.

The program uses a thematic approach to instruction and assesses students in the three modes of communication using performance-based assessment tasks that are tied to the thematic units. Embedded within the units are engaging culturally authentic tasks. It is important to note that teachers have participated in extensive professional development activities related to understanding the relationship between proficiency levels and student performance as well as the most recent pedagogical approaches to language learning. All classes are conducted in the target language.

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HoLa Hoboken Dual Language Charter School
Hudson County
World Languages Model Program Designation:
Dual Language

Visitation Dates:

Visitations may be arranged every Wednesday in the months of October, November, February, and March.

Visitation Procedures:

Please contact the supervisor to schedule a visit.

Contact Information

Marta Pizarro
(201) 427-1458 x103
mpizarro@holahoboken.org
123 Jefferson Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Demographics:

The Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa) currently serves 327 students in Grades K-7, and will add one more grade next school year to reach K-8 with a total of 373 students. Our students represent a cross-section of the Hoboken community, across all parameters, and, although enrollment is determined by lottery, the school conducts extensive outreach each year to ensure that we attract as broad a range of applicants as possible. Our students are primarily English-dominant, although we have many bilingual students who speak Spanish - or another language - at home with their families.

World Languages Program:

The Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa) is a K-8 dual language charter school that opened its doors to students in September 2010. HoLa offers a rigorous academic curriculum in both Spanish and English to a diverse student population. The program utilizes the well-established immersion approach to dual language education with a range of opportunities for creative expression and experiential learning, as well as an emphasis on STEM programming in Middle School. Students become bilingual and biliterate in a culturally diverse and nurturing environment, as they become competent thinkers, communicators, innovators and problem solvers—and ultimately citizens of the world.

Princeton Public Schools 
Mercer County
World Languages Model Program Designation: 
K-12 World Languages and Elementary Dual Language Immersion Programs

Visitation Dates:

The program is open to visitors on most Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Visitation Procedures:

Please email Priscilla Russel to arrange for a visit.

Contact Information:

Priscilla G. Russel
Priscilla_Russel@princetonk12.org 
151 Moore St.  
Princeton, NJ

Demographics:

The Princeton Public Schools serves students from Princeton as well as students from Cranbury at the high school level.  Students represent all major racial and cultural groups, and speak many languages ranging from Arabic to Vietnamese.  24% of the students claim 1 of 52 languages other than English as their first tongue.

The Princeton Public Schools enroll approximately 3,500 students in six schools.  The six schools serve students through a combination of neighborhood or centralized sites.  The four elementary schools- Community Park, Riverside School, Littlebrook School and Johnson Park School include full-day Kindergarten through fifth Grade and pre-K classes.

World Languages Program:

All students begin study of Spanish in Kindergarten and each school has a full-time certified Spanish teacher. In 6th grade students either continue with Spanish or change to French.  In 7th grade students may add Mandarin to their French or Spanish course. In 9th grade students may continue with French, Spanish and Mandarin and/or may begin Italian, Japanese, and Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish.   French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian and Mandarin are offered through AP.  Students who study French and Spanish have the opportunity to take a cinema course in high school either post AP or as an alternative to AP. Teachers receive ongoing, high quality professional development from their supervisor and from district technology staff.

In September of 2015 after several years of preparations Princeton began a dual language immersion program in Kindergarten and 1st grade at Community Park elementary school. It is a one-way 50 / 50 program in Spanish and English. Students learn Spanish language arts, science and math on the Spanish side and English language arts and social studies on the English side of the day.

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

Visitation Dates:

Visitors are welcome by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Visitation Procedures:

Please email Jessica Lasusa, Supervisor of World Languages, to set up an appointment.

Contact Information:

Jessica Lasusa
jlasusa@wmrhsd.org 
10 South Four Bridges Rd
Chester, NJ 07930
(908) 879-6404

Demographics:

The West Morris Regional High School District is comprised of two high schools
(grades 9-12): 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 Languages 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.

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

Visitation Dates:

Please contact the supervisor of world languages to arrange for a visit.

Visitation Procedures:

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:

Sherry Sizemore, Supervisor of World Languages (Sherry.sizemore@ww-p.org)

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.

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