Bilingual, ESL & World Language Education

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.

Goals of the Bilingual/ ESL Program

  • To provide instruction and support in the student’s mother tongue in all subjects and content areas in which a child is required to receive by law, rule, or regulation.
  • To instill self-assurance, confidence and cultural pride in students.
  • To facilitate the transition of students from the Bilingual/ESL Program to the General Education Program when they are ready as determined by multiple criteria and State Code.
  • To ensure that all English Language Learners make yearly progress toward English proficiency as measured by New Jersey State mandated ACCESS 2.0® Test.

Bilingual/ESL Testing & Placement Center

 All newly arrived students to the U.S.A. who speak a language other than English are tested for proper placement by the ESL and World Language Specialists at our Bilingual/ESL Testing and Placement Center. The following documents are required:

  • School Report Card & History (Access Test Report  if available)
  • Completed School Registration Form
  • Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Previous school documentation (Most recent Report Card and/or Transfer Card, Special Education Records, Transcripts, Etc
All new students who come to the Bilingual/ESL Testing and Placement Center are assessed using the following criteria:
  • SUPERA Test - administered to Spanish speakers to determine academic proficiency in Mathematics, Reading and Language Arts for appropriate placement. 
  • WIDA SCREENER & W-APT Language Proficiency Tests – used to determine the level of English Proficiency of students whose first language is other than English. Students who do not reach the established standard are identified as English Language Learners (ELLs).
 Within NBPS, we offer comprehensive SIFE - Students with Interrupted Formal Education, Elementary, Middle School and High School level Bilingual Education Programs

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.

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.

New Brunswick is on board with The Seal of Biliteracy!Top of Page

The State Seal of Biliteracy was established to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, listening and writing in one or more world languages, in addition to English. 
New Brunswick High School New Brunswick Health Sciences Tech. High School
“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.” -Geoffrey Williams

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

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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
Erlinda Zeledon
Bilingual Community Agent
Ext. 5457

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