Queens, N.Y. – Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza has announced that fourteen public schools across Queens will receive expanded bilingual education programs to help bridge the education gap for English language learners.
English language learners will receive instruction in both English and their native language. All but one of the schools will receive dual language programs for the first time.
Elmhurst’s P.S. 7 and P.S. 13 will have Chinese dual language programs. P.S. 7 will also have an English – Bengali dual language program.
Ridgewood’s I.S. 77 and P.S. 305, Flushing’s P.S. 22, Corona’s P.S. 92 and P.S. 330, Jamaica’s P.S./I.S. 268 and East Elmhurst’s P.S. 148 will each have Spanish dual language programs.
P.S. 71 in Ridgewood will have a Polish dual language program to accommodate its large number of Polish speaking students and I.S. 25 in Flushing will have a Korean dual language program for its Korean speaking population.
Additionally, William Cullen Bryant High School in Long Island City will have a Transition Bilingual Education (TBE) program in Spanish. Students in TBE classes receive home language instruction with intensive English language support. Students will receive more instruction in English until they reach proficiency.
Carranza said, “Everyone in our city, including immigrant families and undocumented students, deserves a high quality education and language should never be a barrier to equal access. When I started kindergarten, I only spoke Spanish, and my parents trusted public schools to teach me English. I want to make sure every English language learner in New York City has the same experience I did growing up.”
Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children of New York, said, “We see a huge need for more bilingual programs to serve the city’s diverse immigrant and English language learner students, including those with disabilities. It is good to see the city take steps to expand options for English language learners who continue to lag far behind their peers in academic achievement and graduation rates.”
Both the dual language and TBE programs aim to help students acquire a new language while simultaneously strengthening their native language skills and mastery of other subject areas.