“Educating Today for a Healthy Tomorrow.”
Clara Barton High School
RICHARD FORMAN, PRINCIPAL
901 CLASSON AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY 11225Phone: 718-636-4900
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ESLVera Leykina, Assistant Principal We offer a bilingual and a freestanding ESL program for students whose native language is other than English.
We offer a Transitional Bilingual Program for Haitian Creole students if there are at least 20 students on the same grade level (in order to create one class).
We offer Freestanding ESL for the rest of the Ells, mostly Spanish and Bengali students. The time allocated for ESL and ELA classes is the same as for the Haitian Creole students, but they are placed in monolingual classes since we do not have enough students to create a bilingual program for them.
Students are grouped for ESL classes based on their proficiency level. Students are offered six terms (three years) of ESL instruction in order to boost their English language skills and to prepare them for the exams they have to take. Annually, students have to take the NYSESLAT (NY State ESL Achievement Test) that establishes the students’ placement on certain proficiency levels, and serves as exit criteria from ESL classes.
Students learn English in their regular everyday classes and are offered lunchtime tutoring and after-school Academic Intervention Services. Students with interrupted formal education have reduced class size and many of them attend the Saturday Academy. This year we will be offering the Extended Title III Program on weekday afternoons and the Saturday Academy Program for SIFE students.
Four terms of Haitian Creole language classes are provided to native speakers. These classes include instruction about the literature and history of Haiti.