English as a Second Language


    ESL   English as a Second Language

    South Park High School
    Buffalo Public Schools
    ESL Program 2012-2013


    South Park High School has had continuous growth in ESL students population since 2005, which is also the case in the 2012-2013 school year. There are 1.4 ESL positions to support the school’s growing need with this population. The 1.0 teacher, Mrs. Sabers, instructs 5 periods and the .4 teacher, Ms. Carr, instructs 2 periods, Monday through Friday.


    ESL program in South Park High School is currently servicing 50 students. The student makeup includes the following languages: Spanish, Nepali, Karen, Karenni, Burmese, Thai, Somali, Lingala, Swahili, Bengali, Vietnamese and Arabic.


    To help manage and support these students to their highest potential the ESL department at South Park has grouped students based on services needed, as determined by their IEP, and English proficiency levels, as indicated by Language Assessment Center (for newcomers) and NYSESLAT (New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test) scores yearly. The levels and services are as following: Advanced level students are to receive 1 period of ESL instruction, Intermediate level students are to receive 2 periods of instruction and Beginner level students are to receive 3 periods of instruction.


    District approved as well as teacher made materials are used for instruction to best suit student needs.

    Step-Up-To-Writing program is used for all levels of instruction, in ESL as well as across content areas in South Park High School.


    ESL program is designed to foster growth in students’ English language proficiency and social skills, to support their overall academic achievement, with the goal of every student having access to resources they need to be successful to graduate from South Park High School and continue with either college or vocational education, to become life long learners.



    Students will continue to work on the creative writing project. Students will submit their polished work to "Kidbits" Magazine.

    NYSELAT testing  is April 17-May 17 2013 to Learn more follow this link: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/schedules/2013/ei-schedule-13.pdf

    Spring 2013 NYSESLAT Testing Dates


    • Wednesday, April 17- Friday, May 17
    • Make-ups must be given within the testing window
    • Speaking is scored as it is administered

    Listening, Reading, Writing

    • Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 17
    • Make-ups must be given within the testing window
    • Scoring - Monday, May 20 - Thursday, May 30

     Every May ESL students are given a state mandated test (NYSESLAT) to assess their proficiency and growth in English. 

    Cada mayo, los estudiantes en ESL toman un examen de mandato del estado de Nueva York que se llama NYSESLAT para evaluar sus habilidades y progreso en inglés.