FREE NJDOE Parent Expo at Rutgers!Top of Page

Bilingual EducationTop of Page

The Bilingual Education Act (N.J.S.A. 18A:35-15 and P.L. 1974, c.197) was enacted to ensure that students of limited English proficiency (LEP), are provided instruction in their native language in order to develop academic skills while acquiring English language skills.

The Bilingual Education Act:

ESL (English as a Second Language)Top of Page

  • ESL (English as a Second Language)
    • The study of English as a second language for the English Language Learner (ELL) is imperative for the successful development of the five aspects of communication in English: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Language is a tool for personal expression and self-realization. The acquisition of English adds to the language skills of the students and is not intended to replace their native language.
“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.” -Geoffrey Williams

World LanguagesTop of Page

  • World Language Education
    • All students can learn to speak a second language. The study of World Languages provides students with the ability to communicate in another language and exposes them to new experiences which will make them more culturally aware. Learning a World Language is a natural and enjoyable process and studies have shown that learning a World Language promotes cognitive flexibility.

Bilingual Parent Advisory CommitteeTop of Page








Domingo Chanes


Ingris Barahona


Sara Bernardino


Gabino Lopez


Parents: The Voice That Makes the Difference

One of the most important components of the New Brunswick Bilingual/ESL Program is parental involvement.  Communication between families and schools is one of the goals of the New Brunswick Public Schools.  It is recognized that parents are their children’s first teacher and their involvement in the education of their children is encouraged and supported.

  • The Bilingual Parent Council holds 4 informational meetings for parents/guardians of students in the program.  The purpose of these meetings is to inform parents about the Bilingual/ESL Program and to offer an opportunity for parents to communicate their concerns and to receive answers to their questions.
  • Workshops address educational topics and strategies parents can use to support their children’s education.  Parents are encouraged to voice their concerns and opinions in an effort to cater to their needs.

Meetings will be held on the following scheduled dates:

  • TBA


Joan Marino Bornheimer Memorial Scholarship

The Joan Marino Bornheimer Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has participated in the district’s Bilingual/ESL Program for at least one year.  The following criteria must be met by any candidate wishing to apply:

  • The student must have been a student at New Brunswick High School  or New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School for 4 years
  • Has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Has been active in school activities
  • Has been accepted to a two or four year institution of higher learning

Office HoursTop of Page

Monday through Friday

Regular Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00pm

Summer Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Early Dismissal: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

StaffTop of Page

 Dr. Andrea Fontenez
Director of Bilingual/ESL Education
ext. 5444
 Magalis Azcona-Ortiz
World Language Specialist
ext. 5468
 Marisa Santos
Supervisor of ESL/World Language Education
ext. 5467
ESL/Bilingual Specialist
ext. 5457
 Carolina Arvelo
ext. 5445
 Lindy Zeledon
Bilingual Community Agent
ext. 5457