The North Allegheny School District provides a program for each student whose dominant language is not English for the purpose of facilitating the student's achievement of English proficiency and all academic standards. The family of each student who enrolls in the District is asked to complete a home language survey. If a student's home language is not English, an English proficiency assessment is given. Students who do not demonstrate English proficiency are scheduled for appropriate English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. Questions regarding the ESL program may be referred to the student's assigned school building or the Special Education and Pupil Services Department.
The North Allegheny School District has implemented a magnet school model for ESL students. Students will be assigned to a specific school so that services are delivered more effectively. Marshall Elementary and McKnight Elementary will be the magnet schools for the elementary ESL Program. In this model, students are reassigned to these buildings for all instruction, eliminating shuttle transportation between buildings and loss of instructional time for students. Two ESL teachers will support students from McKnight, Hosack, Ingomar, Franklin, and Peebles Elementary Schools at McKnight Elementary School. One ESL teacher will support ESL students from Bradford Woods and Marshall Elementary Schools at Marshall Elementary School. At the middle level, students from Ingomar Middle School will be reassigned to Carson Middle School. ESL students from North Allegheny Senior High School will continue to travel to North Allegheny Intermediate School for ESL instruction. When students are exited from the ESL Program and monitored for two years, parents will have the option of returning their child to the home school attendance building or allowing the student to remain in the reassigned building.
- Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions about ESL
- NACA ELEMENTARY ESL Curriculum Night
- ESL Curriculum Night Presentation 2019
Welcome Message and Information - Presented in multiple languages
ESL Teachers and District Contacts
- Nicole Carroll- McKnight Elementary
- Aliceann Boyle - Carson Middle and Marshall Middle School
- Marcy Marshall - NA High Schools
- Melissa Zarra - NA Cyber Academy
- Sangeetha Ramakrishna - Marshall Elementary
- Amy DeGregorio - NA Cyber Academy
Dr. Jillian Bichsel, Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Professional Development
Ahlam Weidman, Administrative Assistant, Student Services