Our Priority

  • BPS has made high quality instruction for English Learners (ELs) a top priority and provides various instructional programs and services to help students learn academic English as they learn content in all subject areas. Our goal is that all ELs will graduate as lifelong learners with 21st century skills in order to succeed in college and careers. 

Dual Language

  • In this program model, about half of students in the classroom are speakers of the program’s partner language (e.g. Spanish) and the other half are English speakers, taught by qualified teacher(s). Instruction is provided in both languages with the goal that students will become bilingual or biliterate. The program entry grade levels are K1 to 2 and 9 to 11. Students between grade levels 3 and 8 must be assessed by the school in the partner language to enter the program. EL students also receive English Language Development (ELD) instruction, which is designed to teach English to EL students. Learn more about our Dual Language programs.

SEI Language Specific

  • In this program model, students are all ELs who speak the same native language, taught by qualified teacher(s), and have ELD Levels 1 to 3. Sheltered instruction is intended to make instruction in grade-level academic content areas more accessible to EL students. The language of instruction is English, with native language clarification provided when needed. The student also receives ESL instruction, which is designed to teach English to EL students. Learn more about our SEI programs.

SEI Multilingual

  • In this program model, students are all ELs from various linguistic backgrounds apart from our language specific programming, taught by qualified teacher(s), and have ELD Levels 1 to 3. Sheltered instruction is intended to make instruction in academic content areas more accessible to EL students. The language of instruction is English. The student also receives ESL instruction, which is designed to teach English to EL students. Learn more about our SEI programs

SLIFE

  • In this program model, students are all newcomer ELs who are ages 9 or older, have ELD levels 1 or 2, are at least two years behind their grade level peers in native language literacy, and have limited or interrupted formal schooling. Students in High Intensity Literacy Training (HILT) for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) in language specific programs will receive instruction in the student’s native language while students in the HILT for SLIFE Multilingual program are from various linguistic backgrounds.  Students receive intensive literacy instruction in the native language, and age-appropriate core content instruction in the native language, taught by qualified teacher(s). Upon exiting this program, students are prepared to enter a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) program. A waiver is required to enter a HILT for SLIFE program. Learn more about our SLIFE programs.