Piscataway Township Schools Named District Of Distinction
Piscataway Township Schools Named District Of Distinction
Posted on 08/23/2017
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The Piscataway Township School District has been named a District of Distinction by District Administration Magazine. Piscataway, recognized for its ESL (English as a Second Language) program, is one of only 54 school districts nationwide to be honored with the award this year.

Districts of Distinction honors school districts that are leading the way with new ideas. It recognizes initiatives that yield quantifiable benefits and could be replicated by other districts. 

Piscataway’s ESL program was selected for its comprehensive cradle-to-career perspective that includes language immersion at the preschool, more than 60 ESL-endorsed teachers at the elementary level, and Piscataway High School’s ESL Academy, offering additional academic classes to ESL students and cultural classes for their families. The District’s overall goal is to ensure that students continue to achieve academically while assimilating to a new culture and a new language. 

This is the third national recognition for Piscataway’s ESL program. In September 2015, the District was recognized as a “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education” by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. In March 2016, Piscataway’s ESL Program received a first place Magna Award from the National School Board Association (NSBA).

“We are so pleased to once again see the guidance of our Board and the efforts of our staff receive national recognition,” said Teresa M. Rafferty, superintendent of schools. “As a district, we strive to inspire every student to reach their academic potential and this includes our ESL learners. We make both language fluency and academic progress equal priorities for these students.”

More than 60 different languages are spoken in homes throughout Piscataway and the District celebrates this rich diversity. In addition to ensuring academic assimilation and achievement, every Piscataway school encourages students to share cultural traditions through special events, school assemblies and other programs.