Welcome to the Bilingual Education & English as a New Language Department
Our District is a diverse community, a microcosm of unique cultures and languages. All are welcomed and embraced.
With knowledge, respect and understanding of our differences, we are uniquely positioned to celebrate multilingualism. By viewing home languages and lived experiences as assets, we support our ELLs/MLLs in a culturally responsive sustaining way, allowing the richness of language and customs to shape how we encourage their growth in language, literacy and learning.
The Bilingual Education & ENL Department works collaboratively to prepare our students to become engaged citizens of the world.
With Equity, Innovation & Optimism
Director of Bilingual Education & ENL Programs
Bilingual Education & English as a New Language (ENL) Programs
Bilingual Education and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
For all other languages, please contact the Department directly.
Parent Orientation Video
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.