New Comers' Academy (NCA-Elementary, NCA I & II)

    The New Comers Academy is a unique program that enables Port of Entry and Beginner Level students to receive intensive ESL instruction.  The goal of this program is to provide our students with intense English instruction so that they actively participate in their content area classes and their specials without feeling limited, while strengthening the students’ receptive and expressive language.


    New Comers' Academy is available to students in grades 2 - 7 at Lincoln Avenue Elementary School; to students in grades 8 - 9 at Orange Preparatory Academy (OPA);  and to students in grades 10 - 12 at Orange High School. 

    Students who are newly enrolled into the district at the various elementary schools in grades three to seven are bused to Lincoln Avenue School every day to receive instructions as newcomers. There are two grade bands: 2-3; 4-5 and 6-7. They are instructed in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. They receive grade appropriate instructions with their peers in Physical Education, Arts, Music etc. Their lunch periods are with their peers within the school as well.
    By week nine, the students receive mathematics instruction from a math certified teacher within the building. The teacher either comes to them or they join their grade level math instruction in that content teacher's classroom. An ESL teacher supports them while they are in that inclusionary setting.  
    After week 18, students return to their home schools and are immersed in their academic instruction in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. They go to specials with their peers - Physical Education, Health, Music, Art, and World Languages.
     Go to ELL/Curriculum Scaffolds for Newcomers' Academy Curriculum Guide Grades 2 - 7.