English Language Learners (ELL)

Supervisor, Mr. Francisco Santiago
Email: [email protected]

Moorestown Township Public Schools’ English as a Second Language (ESL) program is currently aligned with the WIDA standards for K-12 students and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS). The district's schools endeavor to ensure that all English Language Learners (ELLs) achieve English language competence needed for academic success as well as personal, social growth and acculturation.
The ESL program is designed to teach ELLs social and academic language skills as well as the cultural aspects of the English language necessary to achieve in academic settings and in society. It provides new ELLs the opportunity to use their abilities to the fullest as they develop and expand their English language proficiency. The program involves teaching the language arts skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing at a variety of students’ proficiency levels; the ESL program instruction is based on students’ individual levels of English proficiency. Classes are taught in English; instruction does not take place in any of the students’ native languages.
 The ESL program models utilized in the district include pull-out (grades K-6) and scheduled class periods (grades 6-12). Students learn English while integrating into the school and community at large. Therefore, the goals of the ESL program are both specific and wide ranging. Participation helps students adjust culturally while simultaneously aiding the development of their English language skills.

ELL Parent Advisory Committee

If you are the parent or legal guardian of an English Language Learner (ELL), you are invited to participate in the MTPS ELL Parent Advisory Committee.

Virtual meetings are scheduled as follows: 

March 1, 2022 (6:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.)   Link to March 1 Parent Meeting Presentation
April 28, 2022 (6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.)
June 2022 TBD

What is the ELL Parent Advisory Committee?

The ELL Parent Advisory Committee is required for public school districts that have ELL programs. The committee consists of ELL program parents, ESL teachers, counselors, and other school personnel. The ELL PAC Advisory Committee will review the district’s ELL plan, discuss training opportunities for parents, and provide time to discuss the needs of the ELL community. Other topics will be explored as determined by the committee. 

Committee Contact Information:

Please contact Cynthia Moskalow, Supervisor of Special Education and ESL @ 856-778-6610 ext. 12101, or [email protected] for more information.

6A:15-1.7 Supportive services statement

(a) Students enrolled in bilingual, ESL, and English language services programs shall have full access to educational services available to other students in the school district. 

(b) To the extent that is administratively feasible, supportive services to ELLs, such as counseling, tutoring, and career guidance, should be provided by bilingual personnel who are familiar with and knowledgeable of the unique needs and background of the ELLs and their parents.