• English as a Second Language K-12

    Department Supervisor: Annamaria Bellino


    (908) 709-3496


    The English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum is designed to provide learning opportunities in the English language and the American culture for students in grades K-12, who are identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP) or English Learners (ELs). The  curriculum is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop the skills necessary to become active members of and successful participants in the grade-level classroom setting. The curriculum is based on the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) for English Language Arts from the perspective of second language acquisition.


    The Language Acquisition Process: Language acquisition is a long-term process involving a progression through developmental stages of increasing language proficiency. English language learners move through these stages at individual rates of acquisition. Language learners vary in their productive and receptive skills. Receptive language skills generally develop prior to and often to a higher level than the productive language skills. Therefore, English language learners may not be at an equal level of English language proficiency across the four language domains (reading, writing, speaking and listening). The differential language acquisition levels of these students in the language domains must be taken into consideration for instructional planning and assessment. Achieving the academic standards for ELL’s is possible if there is shared responsibility and collaboration based on common understanding and mutual goals among all teachers who serve English language learners. Throughout this process,  Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency must be kept in mind for each ELL. 


    Students enrolled in the ESL program are tested annually with the ACCESS 2.0 language proficiency assessment to determine their level of English language proficiency. ACCESS 2.0 scores in addition to teacher recommendation and observation are considered as part of a multiple measures approach to ensure successful acclimation to the Cranford schools.





    WIDA English Language Development Standard 1: English language learners communicate for Social and Instructional purposes within the school setting

    WIDA English Language Development Standard 2: English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Language Arts.  

    *WIDA English Language Development Standard 3: English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Mathematics

    *WIDA English Language Development Standard 4: English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Science

    *WIDA English Language Development Standard 5: English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Social Studies

    *Since students will be provided with opportunities to develop the language, reading skills and strategies necessary to read with understanding in the content areas, according to their English Language Proficiency levels, they will apply Standards 1 and 2 to support their ability to meet the these standards within the Grades K-12 classroom


    PARCC 2018 letter to parents:


    April 9, 2018



    Dear CHS Families:


    The Cranford High School PARCC testing windows are fast approaching:


    English Language Arts Assessment-

    Monday April 23rd – Wednesday April 25th


    Mathematics Assessments (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)-

    Monday May 21st – Wednesday May 23rd


    Each and every day we are preparing students to succeed in their educational programs.  The PARCC assessments are just one of many ways for us to evaluate student achievement in order to improve upon our teaching and learning strategies.  The achievement on this assessment as well as on other standardized assessments sets the bar for the success of the school.  These assessment results are factored into our school report card and school ranking, ultimately making Cranford High School stand out to potential colleges and universities as an outstanding school.


    In preparation for this assessment, we will be holding a homeroom on April 19, 2018 to distribute testing passes that will help direct students to the appropriate testing sites on the testing days.  On this pass, it will also explain that students should NOT bring food, beverages or cellphones to the testing site.


    Students may bring a pen, pencil and headphones to the testing site.  If they do not have one of these items, all or one will be provided for them.  Students will also be provided with an on-screen graphing calculator. If students would like to bring their own graphing calculator, they may certainly do so.  Students are also welcome to bring a recreational reading book.


    Thank you for your help in making Cranford High School an amazing place for students to learn and achieve excellence.





    Mark Cantagallo