Palisades Park Public District ESL/Bilingual/World Language Program Information
Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School1 Veterans Plaza, Palisades Park, NJ 07650Phone: 201.941.1100 Fax: 201.941.1280
Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School is a public school of approximately 675 students in grades 7 through 12. We strive to provide our students with a safe learning environment to promote a nurturing and academically challenging setting. Situated just under 5 miles miles from New York City and in one of the most densely populated areas in the world, we are uniquely diverse in our student population. We embrace the challenges and rewards of students from many different cultures coming together with the singular purpose to develop intellectually. The faculty, staff, and administration of Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School are steadfast in our pursuit to prepare our students for the next phase of their lives. Whether they choose to enter the military, workforce, or continue their education, we are dedicated to our students and developing future leaders.
Our Academy Program for entering 9th graders has evolved over the past decade and now includes three separate courses of study: Medical, Engineering, and Humanities. Students apply as 8th graders and commit themselves to a rigorous, highly competitive program, which includes at least 6 Advanced Placement courses. Since our first graduating class in 2014, students who have successfully completed the Academy Program have gone on to attend Yale, Princeton, Northwestern, Cooper Union, Johns Hopkins, Vassar, and many more of the world’s best universities.
Students, grades 9-12, not enrolled in the Academy Program do have the opportunity to enroll 14 Advanced Placement courses and many other Honors-level courses. All students, grades 7-12, benefit from 2 computer labs, a Media Center/STEM room, classrooms with interactive SmartBoards, and iPad or computer carts available on each floor. Our student-to-computer ratio is currently 2:1.
We feel our Middle Schoolers benefit from having access to the high school resources. In addition to Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts, students in grades 7 and 8 choose from Korean, Spanish, and Italian. They also take courses in the fields of Fine Arts, Music, Computers, Geography, Video Production, Robotics, Astronomy, and Civics. Exposing these students to a variety of courses during 7th and 8th grade serves them well as they begin to prepare for the rigors of high school.
In addition to the aforementioned academic programs, we offer a variety of afterschool clubs and athletics to ensure the complete student experience. At Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School we are committed to creating a strong foundation upon which our students can build a solid future.
A Korean magazine called, “Mom & I” reached out to World Language and ESL Supervisor, Amy Munn and ECC's Korean Bilingual Kindergarten teacher, JeeYoon Chung, to conduct an interview to better understand the new Korean bilingual program that had been initiated for the first time in New Jersey at ECC. The interview transcribed, detailed how the classes are run and how effective it is in allowing students to graduate out of ESL within their first year of kindergarten. The content of the interview explains how the program first got started and how it is different from a monolingual classroom. It goes to explain that the bilingual curriculum content is exactly the same as the other kindergarten classes, except for the fact that the student's can have their comprehension and content absorption supported with their heritage language. It explains the type of joyous learning experience it can create for the students exposed to Korean bilingual education and how the support of the school staff and community really allowed this program to develop, and hopefully grow in the future.
PARENT RESOURCE INFORMATION NIGHT
Lori Oliff, TheCenter for Food Action
Kathryn Werheim, Bergen Resource Net
Linda Wieseneck, CAPE Resource Center
Please join us in a presentation whereby a variety of valuable resources will be offered. Ms. Lori Oliff from the Center for Food Action will discuss the programs available through CFA such as: Emergency Food Packages, Utility Assistance, Late Rent Assistance, Security Deposit & First Month’s Rent Assistance. Ms. Kathryn Werheim from Bergenresources.net will be in attendance to highlight services in our area inclusive of New Jersey System of Care. Ms. Linda Wieseneck will be speaking about transitioning from High School to adult services.
Location: Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School - Auditorium 1 Veterans Plaza, Palisades Park, NJ 07650
Date/Time: May 10, 2018 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM
Kindly RSVP to Ms. Paula Gonzalez at (201) 947- 2761 ext. 1427, by May 7th.
Now in its 8th year, the Palisades Park Academy has proven that the students of Palisades Park can and will achieve greatness if presented with a challenge. We have watched as our Academy students thrive in biotech and medical internships and gain entrance to some of the most prestigious universities in the world.
Interested 8th Grade students please log into your Google Apps account FIRST and then click the link below to begin the application process. The link will take you to a Google Form that requires permission from your Google Account. Please fill out all sections of the form.