ESL/Bilingual Education Programs

  1. Danbury Public Schools

  2. Augusto Gomes, District Coordinator

 


  1. “Program of bilingual education" means a program of instruction in which eligible children are placed until such time as such children attain a level of proficiency in English which is sufficient to assure equal educational opportunity in the regular school program, including, but not limited to, educational experiences to enable eligible children to become proficient in English, subject matter instruction in the dominant language of eligible children, and provision of opportunities for eligible children to participate with and learn from children for other linguistic and cultural backgrounds that:

  2. Makes instructional use of both English and an eligible student's native language;

  3. Enables eligible students to achieve English proficiency and academic mastery of subject matter content and higher order skills, including critical thinking, so as to meet appropriate grade promotion and graduation requirements;

  4. Provides for the continuous increase in the use of English and corresponding decrease in the use of the native language for the purpose of instruction within each year and from year to year and provides to the use of English for more than half of the instructional time by the end of the first year;

  5. May develop the native language skills of eligible students; and May include the participation of English-proficient students if the program is designed to enable all enrolled students to become more proficient in English and a second language.



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BILINGUAL MODELS -  (Based on CT State Law)



Bilingual Spanish:


Ellsworth Avenue School:  Elementary Grades K-5

This is a school-based Spanish bilingual support program that consists of a combination of “pull-out” and/or “push-in”/co-teaching approaches for eligible K-5 students.


Great Plain School:  Elementary Grades K-3

The Spanish Bilingual Program at Great Plain School functions as a magnet-based model, drawing eligible students from throughout the city. Transportation is provided to participating students. For the 2009-2010 school year, the program will provide a K-2 continuum with three, full-day, self-contained classes: one kindergarten, one first grade, and one second grade.


This program consolidates our K-2 transitional Spanish bilingual program at one site in order to address the needs of a greater number of students whose dominant language is Spanish.


King Street Primary School:  Elementary Grades K-2

This program is a magnet-based Spanish bilingual program for eligible Kindergarten students from both primary schools – King Street and Mill Ridge. For the 2009-2010 school year, this program will consist of one full day Kindergarten class and ESL support for grades one and two.


Morris Street School:  Elementary Grades K-5

This is a school-based Spanish bilingual support program consisting of a combination of “pull-out” and/or “push-in”/co-teaching approaches for eligible K-5 students.


Park Avenue School:  Elementary Grades K-5

This is a magnet-based Spanish bilingual program for eligible Kindergarten students from Park Avenue School and Morris Street School. For the 2009-2010 school year, the program will provide one full-day self-contained Kindergarten class and ESL support for grades 1-5.


South Street School:  Elementary Grades K-5

The bilingual Spanish program consists of a combination of “pull-out” and/or “push-in”/co-teaching approaches for eligible K-5 students.


Stadley Rough School:  Elementary Grades 4-5

This is a magnet-based Spanish bilingual program which draws students from throughout the city. Transportation is provided to participating students. For the 2009-2010 school year, the program will offer a bilingual class for grade five.


Parent Selection

Eligible students enrolled at Hayestown Avenue School, King Street Intermediate School, Mill Ridge Primary School, Pembroke School, and Shelter Rock School, were offered the option of being transferred to the center at Great Plain School or to one of the other magnet-based programs. The parents made the choice and the enrollment at the schools is the result of parent selection. All students whose parents opted for them to stay in their neighborhood schools will receive ESL services.


Rogers Park Middle School:  Secondary Grades 6-8

A magnet Spanish bilingual program is offered at Rogers Park Middle School to serve Spanish dominant students from both middle schools. This program provides bilingual classes in the content areas (mathematics, science, and social studies). These classes are co-taught by certified content and bilingual teachers. Additionally students attend classes which focus on English language development. Eligible students from Broadview Middle School are offered the option of being placed in the bilingual program at Rogers Park Middle School. The parents make the choice. All students whose parents opt for them to stay at Broadview Middle School will receive ESL services.


Danbury High School:  Secondary Grades 9-12

A Spanish bilingual program consisting of a two year sequence supported by ESL language arts and content-area classes allows first and second year eligible Spanish dominant students to attend classes taught in their native language and English. Classes are offered in:

Bilingual:

Mathematics

•ESL Math Workshop, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I

Social Studies

•US History, Civics

ESL:

English Language Development

•ESL I, ESL II, ESL III

Mathematics

•Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II

Science

•Biology, Introduction to Physical Science (IPS), Science & Environment, Marine Biology

ESL: (continued)

Social Studies

•Civics, US History, World Studies

Reading

•ESL Reading

Business

•ESL Computers and ESL Business

Health

•ESL Health



Bilingual Portuguese:


Ellsworth Avenue School:  Elementary Grades K-5

Eligible Portuguese dominant students enrolled at Roberts Avenue School, are “pulled-out” of their grade-level classroom to receive support from a bilingual teacher or are provided services in the regular classroom through a combination of co-teaching/”push-in” approaches.


Morris Street School:  Elementary Grades K-5

This is a school-based bilingual program implemented through a combination of “pull-out” and/or “push-in”/co-teaching approaches, supports English proficiency and literacy development through a content-based approach.


Park Avenue School:  Elementary Grades K-5

This is a Portuguese school-based bilingual program consisting of a combination of “pull-out” and/or “push-in”/co-teaching approaches, supports English proficiency and literacy development through a content-based approach.


Shelter Rock School:  Elementary Grades K-5

Eligible Portuguese dominant students enrolled at Shelter Rock School, are “pulled-out” of their grade-level classroom to receive support from a bilingual teacher and/or are provided servies in the regular classroom through a combination of co-teaching/”push-in” models. The program supports English proficiency and literacy development through a content-based approach utilizing the use of the students’ native language to aid in their comprehension of English.


South Street School:  Elementary Grades K-5

This bilingual Portuguese program is a half-day program that is implemented through a combination of “pull-out” and/or “push-in”/co-teaching approaches for eligible K-5 students.


Stadley Rough School:  Elementary Grades K-5

Services are provided to Portuguese dominant students enrolled at Stadley Rough School through a combination of “pull-out” and/or co-teaching/”push-in” approaches.




Broadview Middle School:  Secondary Grades 6-8

A magnet Portuguese bilingual program is offered at Broadview Middle School to serve Portuguese dominant students from both middle schools. This program provides native language support in the content areas as well as English language development. Eligible students from Rogers Park Middle School are offered the option of being placed in the bilingual program at Broadview Middle School. The parents make the choice. All students whose parents opt for them to stay at Rogers Park Middle School receive ESL services.


Danbury High School:  Secondary Grades 9-12

A Portuguese bilingual program consisting of a two year sequence supported by ESL content-area classes allows first and second year eligible Portuguese dominant students to attend classes taught in their native language and English. Classes are offered in:

Bilingual:

Mathematics

•Pre-Algebra

Science

•Introduction to Physical Science (IPS), Biology

Social Studies

•Civics

ESL:

English Language Development

•ESL I, ESL II, ESL III

Mathematics

•ESL Math Workshop, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II

Science

•Biology, Introduction to Physical Science (IPS), Science & Environment, Marine Biology

Social Studies

•Civics, US History, World Studies

Reading

•ESL Reading

Business

•ESL Computers and ESL Business

Health

•ESL Health


Instructional use of English and the students’ Native Language within each bilingual program

The bilingual teachers make instructional use of both English and Spanish or Portuguese enabling students to achieve English proficiency and academic mastery of subject matter content. All bilingual programs provide for the continuous increase in the use of English and corresponding decrease in the use of the native language for the purpose of instruction. English is used more than half of the instructional time by the end of the first year.


ESL Component:

All bilingual programs include, by design, English-as-a-second-language (ESL). ESL instruction uses only English as the instructional language and enables students to achieve English proficiency and academic mastery of subject matter content and higher order skills, including critical thinking, so as to meet appropriate grade promotion and graduation requirements. This integration between content and language instruction is essential even when students, enrolled in bilingual programs, receive instruction, in at least some of the content areas, through their native language.

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Mandated Secondary ESL Program at Danbury High School:  Secondary Grades 9-12

Three levels of ESL English Language Development are offered at Danbury High School. A Transitional English class allows advanced ELL’s and LTSS students a smoother transition to the mainstream. First and second year students attend a two-period ESL (English Language Development) class.

In the content areas Sheltered English classes are offered. These classes are taught by regular classroom teachers who receive training on how to make subject-area content comprehensible for ELL’s students. Students in these classes are “sheltered” in that they do not compete academically with native English speakers since the class includes only ELL’s.

Additional ESL classes have been added to accommodate the needs of an ever growing influx of ELL’s students and to respond to the new LTSS guidelines.

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