The dual language program teaches students in two languages: English and Spanish. Spanish and English are used equally. The goal of this program is for students to be able to read, write, and speak in both English and Spanish. Classes are made up of both English Language Learners who speak Spanish and English proficient students. The goal of the program is for students to learn how to speak, read, understand, and write in two languages, and also learn about and appreciate other cultures.
Gifted and Talented (TAG)
Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs are one way that New York City supports the educational needs of exceptional students. Our G&T programs all offer specialized instruction and enrichment opportunities. Your child must take the NYC Gifted and Talented test to be considered for the program. For more information, please visit the NYC DOE Gifted & Talented page.
English as a New Language
Students who are learning English as a new language receive additional support and strategies. In an English as a New Language (ENL) program teachers work with the students to build their speaking, writing, reading and listening skills in English using supports. The goal of the program is to support students as they become English proficient.
General Education classrooms usually include students without IEPs or other related services. Your child will be educated in a classroom of up to 32 students on or close to grade level by one general education teacher.
Classrooms with Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) services include students with IEPs and students without IEPs. Your child will be educated in the same classroom as non-disabled peers. They will receive related services, such as physical therapy or counseling, in the classroom or in a separate location. No more than 12 (or 40 percent) of the students in the class can have IEPs. There are two teachers—a general education teacher and a special education teacher. The teachers work together to adapt materials and modify instruction to make sure the entire class can participate.
Special Class (SC) services are provided in a self-contained classroom. All of the children in the class have IEPs with needs that cannot be met in a general education classroom. They are taught by special education teachers who provide specialized instruction. In elementary and middle school, special classes have up to 12 students. The students in the class are within a three-year age range and have similar educational needs.