The district offers bilingual education and free-standing English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. The overall goal of these programs is to provide English language learning students (ELLs) with the necessary language skills to be successful in all aspects of their academic careers. The transitional bilingual education program uses the Spanish language to help transition ELLs to proficiency in English while continuing to develop their cognitive and academic skills with Spanish language support. Transitional bilingual services for elementary students are available for Spanish-speaking students at Fostertown, Gardnertown, Gidney Avenue, Meadow Hill, Temple Hill, and Vails Gate. At the secondary level, Spanish bilingual classes are available at Newburgh Free Academy. The dual language program aims to build proficiency in both English and Spanish for ELLs and for native English-speaking children. A dual language program is available for students in kindergarten through grade 4 at Fostertown School. The ESL program uses English exclusively to build English language skills. All schools in the district offer an ESL program.

Bilingual/ESL Resources
Spanish/English Glossaries from NYSED:
   US History Glossary
   Global History Glossary
   Math A&B Glossary (A-F)
   Math A&B Glossary (G-R)
   Math A&B Glossary (R-Z)
   Math A&B Glossary (R-Z)
   Algebra & Trigonometry
   Integrated Algebra
   Physical Setting/Earth Science
   Living Environment

Other Languages
Some of the above subjects are available in other languages as well, such as Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese and Urdu. Use the following link to be taken to the NYSED webpage for access. Bilingual Glossaries on NYSED

Featured Video
Teaching ELL Students Effectively
Added August 19th

Lab-R Information
Lab-R Testing is testing of new students who are not native English speakers to see whether they qualify for ESL or bilingual classes. The Lab-R Testing Site is located at the Welcome Center on Washington Street. The Lab-R Testing Site is open for walk-ins at the following times.

Monday-Friday: 8:00am-11:00am
or by appointment