A Model Program Recognized by the state of New Jersey
(2004-2006 & 2008-2010)
Mrs. Lillianne Cruz-Argemil
The Perth Amboy Public School's Bilingual Department now includes the World Language Program and Staff; we have 11 World Language Teachers. We are proud to be the Bilingual/ESL and World Languages Department in 2011.
The Perth Amboy Bilingual/ESL Program has been selected as a SECOND LANGUAGE MODEL PROGRAM by the New Jersey Department of Education. We are proud to have received this honor twice, once in 2004 and most recently in 2008.
As a Model Program, we receive many requests from other school districts to visit our Bilingual and ESL classrooms. We are very pleased to host there visits and to show the excellent features of our Bilingual/ESL Program.
Superintendent of Schools, Mr. John M. Rodecker along with Dr. Joanne Villafañe, Director and Carmen Carbrera-Camino, Supervisor, were presented with the Model Program Award during a ceremony on May 9, 2008.
Visitors from Long Branch School District observe the Dual Language Program at the former St. Mary's Early Childhood Center, now the Edmund Hmieleski, Jr. Early Childhood Center, in March of 2009.
Dr. Mast, Principal of the Edmund Hmieleski, Jr. Early Childhood Center, explains the Dual Language Program to visitors.
Visitors observe Language Arts instruction in a Bilingual class at T.M. Peterson School, annex of the W.C. McGinnis School.
Visitors participate in a 6th grade Science class at McGinnis.
Vice-Principal Brian Rivera greets visitors to the McGinnis School.
Mrs. Dolores Rodriguez (Club Advisor - 2nd from left) and Perth Amboy High School's ESL Club members raised funds to make gift baskets for the needy at Thanksgiving. Mr. Bello (Social Studies teacher - back row) also lends his support.
Mary Jane Kurabinski, Director of Language Arts Literacy Education for the NJ Department of Education, visits bilingual classes.
Wilentz 3rd grade ESL students studying about nature outside their school.
We have highly qualified staff:
2 Resource Specialists1 Home School Liaison
No Literacy Coaches or Math Specialists
96 Bilingual Teachers
32 ESL Teachers
GOALS OF THE BILINGUAL/ESL PROGRAM
- To provide native language instruction in all content area subjects while students are acquiring English.
- To teach ESL and English language arts literacy so that students will be able to communicate in English and to achieve academically in English.
- To provide instruction by bilingual teachers with special training and certification in meeting the linguistic, cultural, emotional and academic needs of second language learners.
- To promote acculturation into the American society while respecting and appreciating the language and culture of the students and their families.
- To ensure systematic assessment of student progress in English acquisition and academic learning, through a variety of measures.
- To encourage and support the involvement of parents in classroom, school and district programs.
- To facilitate the transition of students from the Bilingual Program into the General Program when they are ready as determined by multiple measures.
Characteristics of an example model for bilingual/bi-cultural education:
- Availability of bilingual classes at every grade level, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, at every school in the district.
- Availability of bilingual classes at every level of English proficiency
- Standards-based instructions
- Program development based on scientific research in second language acquisition and teaching.