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Middle School Newcomer Program


FACTS began a new program for Beginning English Learners in Grades 6, 7 and 8 in 2017-18.

Who Should Apply for This Program?

FACTS’s Newcomer Program is for Beginning English Learners in Grades 6,  7 and 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.

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