Message from Miss Peifer, ESL Coordinator
The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program offers special English classes for students who speak a language other than English. The goal of the program is to increase the students' English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. New students who enroll in our school district are given an English test called the W-APT, which Pennsylvania requires, to determine their proficiency level in the four areas previously mentioned. If the student's results show that he/she requires additional help with English, the student receives specialized ESL classes. Elementary school students are pulled from their regular classes during the day to get English instruction, while the secondary students are scheduled for a class period with the ESL teacher.
The students must take the Pennsylvania ACCESS test to determine their progress with English proficiency every year. Students who meet all of the state criteria to exit the ESL Program, based upon the ACCESS score, class grades, and PSSA/Keystone scores will exit the ESL Program. They are then in a "monitoring" phase for two years to be certain that they are progressing as expected.