Welcome to ENL

Our District is a diverse community, where all unique cultures and languages are welcomed and embraced. Knowledge, respect and understanding of different cultures is a cornerstone of Nyack Public Schools. Our diversity provides a valuable educational resource and offers excellent opportunities to prepare our students to become engaged citizens of the world.

English as a New Language (ENL) Program Information

English as a New Language (ENL) K-12 Program

Nyack Union Free School District takes great pleasure in welcoming students from around the world.  We presently serve students that represent 14 language groups. The English as a New Language (ENL) program is designed to meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) in grades K-12 whose native language is other than English.  The goal of our program is to ensure that all students attain English proficiency via two programs the district offers. Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) is offered in K-2 and English as a New Language program is offered for all grade levels.  The objectives of these programs are to (1) ensure that all English Language Learners develop both Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP); (2) prepare students for mainstream classes and (3) provide ongoing educational assistance. All of the outlined programs are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

ENL Enrichment Programs

There are several enrichment opportunities available for Nyack English Language Learners. The enrichment programs offered provide additional assistance with homework, study skills, strategies for success in the classroom, academic and linguistic support. The enrichment program also promotes parental involvement using parent workshops. All programs offered are outlined below.

Before and After-school Programs

The purpose of the the Before and After-school Programs is to help assist English Language Learners with homework and address specific skill based assistance as needed. 

Summer STEM Program

Research indicates that English Language Learners (ELLs) require 5-7 years to acquire language.  In essence, what English Language Learners need is time. Extra time that focuses on specific skills that they are not afforded during the school day.  The Summer STEM Program for ELLs is 4-6 weeks and allows for additional instructional time that integrates the four modalities (speaking, listening, reading and writing). English Language Learners will be taught engineering (building), mathematics, and science principles through a hands-on, collaborative experience that will enhance their academic, language, and social skills. Programs are offered at all grade levels during various times of the school year.


For information in Spanish please contact Yesinia Polanco at (845) 353-7042.  Para información en español, el favor de comunicarse con la señora Yesinia Polanco al (845) 353-7042 or e-mail ypolanco@nyackschools.com.

For information in Haitian Creole please contact Jocelyne Abraham at (845) 353-7044.  Si ou bezwen enfòmasyon tradui an kreyòl,rele Jocelyne Abraham at (845) 353-7044 or e-mail jabraham@nyackschools.org.

For all other languages, please contact the Department directly.

Contact Information

Audrey C. Cabbell

Director of English as a New Language (ENL) and Bilingual Education

Office: 845-353-7032 


Liberty ENL Morning Program and Kindergarten Bilingual Class

Liberty Grade 1 Bilingual Class

English as a New Language STEM Programs


The ENL Saturday STEM program will provided students with additional hours of instructional time that integrates the four modalities  of speaking, listening, reading and writing. These modalities were embedded into  STEM based lessons. English Language Learners were exposed to engineering (building), mathematics, and science principles through a hands-on, collaborative experiences that enhanced their academic, language, and social skills.

Saturday STEM Academy 2016 Slide Show

Saturday STEM Academy 2016.pptx 

Below is the presentation of the final project from the ENL STEM Academy.

ENL Summer STEM Academy 2016 Slide Show

 ENL Summer STEM Academy 2016.pptx 


Mercy College STEM Program ~ Building a Bridge

Parent Orientation Video

NYS English Language Learner Parent Orientation Video



Haitian Creole





Chinese (simplified)

Chinese (traditional)



Cómo ayudar a su hijo a tener éxito en la escuela

Parent Resources

Information in English

Parent Bill of Rights


A Guide for Parents of English Language Learners in New York State


NYSITELL Parent Information Brochure


Parent Guide to the Common Core


Information in Spanish 

Guía para padres de estudiantes que aprenden Inglés en el estado de Nueva York:


Declaración de derechos de los padres de los estudiantes que aprenden Inglés del estado de Nueva York:


Folleto de información para padres sobre el examen NYSITELL:


Estándares básicos comunes recursos para los padres:


Parent Information (Creole)

Gid pou paran elèv  k ap aprann anglè nan Eta Nouyòk:


Deklarasyon dwa paran elèv nan Eta Nouyòk ki po ko ka fonksyone nan lang anglè tou sèl:


Enfòmasyon Pou Paran Sou Egzamenn Pou Idantifye Elév K ap Aprann Anglè (NYSITELL):


Gid pou paran sou sa ki dwe gen nan sak lekòl pitit li Estanda pou on baz komen:


If information in other languages is needed, contact the department directly.

Teacher Resources