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Middle School Newcomer Program

NEW Program! Still accepting applications for 2017-18!

For beginning English Learners Entering Grades 6, 7, and 8 this September

How To Apply for the Middle School Newcomer Program:

  • Submit an Newcomer Program Intent to Enroll Form along with optional information sheet.
  • Applications received after the 25 seats are full will be put on the waiting list in the order in which they are received.

We currently have the Newcomer Program Intent to Enroll Form available in the following languages:

ArabicChinese, Indonesian, Spanish, Vietnamese

About the Newcomer Program:

  • Students will be in a classroom with other Beginning ESOL students for their core academic subjects.
  • Students will be part of the larger FACTS Community and participate in lunch, recess, and electives with their middle school peers.
  • Instruction will be aimed for students who are beginning to learn English.
  • Instruction will not be appropriate for students with more than the most basic English skills.
  • ESOL students who are not beginning ESOL students (WIDA ACCESS Score of 1–2.9) should apply to FACTS for admission into the regular (non-Newcomer) classrooms. [The next lottery will be in February 2018]

 

INFORMATION ABOUT ENROLLMENT PREFERENCE FOR BEGINNING ESOL STUDENTS

FACTS began a new program for Beginning English Learners in Grades 6, 7 and 8 in 2017-18.  FACTS hopes to achieve a student population that includes up to 25 Beginning English Learners in year 1, up to 50 Beginning English Learners in years 2 and 3, and reach a maximum capacity of up to 100 Beginning English Learners in year 4.  In an effort to reach these targets, FACTS offers an enrollment preference for Beginning ESOL students.  Below is a description of the preference and how a student may be eligible for it.

Who Should Apply for This Program?

FACTS’s new Newcomer Program is for Beginning English Learners in Grades 6, 7, 8. The program is designed for students who know no, or very little, English. Students in this program will be in a classroom with other Beginning ESOL students for most of the school day including during instruction in core academic subjects. Curriculum design and materials will be targeted towards students who are beginning to learn English and will not be appropriate for students with more than the most basic English skills. ESOL students who are no longer beginning ESOL students should apply to FACTS for admission into the regular (non-Newcomer) classrooms.

Beginning English Learners Preference

To be eligible for this preference, a student must be entering grade 6, 7 or 8 and have an ESOL level of 1 to 2.9 as assessed by the WIDA ACCESS or W-Apt (or the equivalent using another English Proficiency test).

How Does My Child Get Considered For This Preference?

Parents who want their children considered for this preference simply need to submit additional information on the Intent to Enroll form.  Submission of this information is completely voluntary.  The information provided will not be used to discriminate against any student.  Failure to provide the requested information will not disqualify any student for admission into the lottery.  Any student whose parent does not submit this additional information will be entered in the lottery without this preference.

Parents are welcome, but not required, to provide ESOL records that verify their child’s ESOL level.  FACTS will attempt to verify the student’s ESOL status with his/her current school or state education records.

Parents Must Provide Accurate Information

The information provided on the Intent to Enroll form must be accurate.  If a student receives a preference as a result of inaccurate information, the student will lose his/her spot and will be placed on the waiting list.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

FACTS does not discriminate in any aspect of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex or age.