English as a New Language (ENL)

  • The English as a New Language program is an academic program for students whose native language is not English. The purpose of the program is to support all English learners at every stage of language acquisition. Our goal is to provide our students with rich learning opportunities through which they can learn how to listen, speak, read and write in English, as well as learn academic content in mathematics, science, social studies and the arts. 


    During Stand Alone ENL, Entering and Emerging students who are only beginning to learn English will work in small groups with an ENL teacher on acquiring basic English skills. The focus is on building basic vocabulary, literacy, and communication skills. Stand Alone teachers  will also preview or review material from content areas in order to support students in their content classes. Entering students  will  receive two periods of Stand Alone ENL and Emerging students will be scheduled for one period. 


    During Integrated ENL, Transitional, Expanding and Commanding ENL students will be in an English, Social Studies, Science or Math class specially designed with the needs of ENL students in mind. These classes may have either one dually certified content area and ESOL teacher, or two teachers: one ENL teacher and one content area teacher. Classroom instruction is designed to ensure that English language learners are receiving meaningful input that allows them to learn new content. The focus of Integrated ENL is to allow students to learn high school content while they develop language skills in English. The number of Integrated ENL classes that a student can be enrolled in depends on their age and language level.