ACCESS for English Learners (ELs) is a federally mandated test for English Learners.
For all required actions related to ACCESS Testing, please download the 11/27/17 memo here.
For the Summer of 2017, the Children and Youth Summer Program (ICY) is open to rising 6th to 8th grade ELs who have lived in the U.S. for less than three years. This federally-funded camp is three weeks long and meets on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Students receive breakfast and lunch.
ICY participants start their mornings with English and Math classes taught by District teachers. The focus is on building English language and academic skills and boosting students’ confidence. ICY afternoon programs are run by community-based organization partners who offer creative enrichment programs like drama, music and art.
ICY has grown steadily since the District first offered it in the Summer of 2015 to 75 students. The 2016 roster was 150 students and a second location was added. Past partners have included Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Pennsylvania and Taller Puertorriqueno. In 2016, the program had students representing 36 languages and 23 countries.