English as a New Language (ENL)

The South Colonie Central School District’s English as a New Language (ENL) program provides instructional support to English Language Learners (ELLs), or students whose primary language is not English, and who demonstrate eligibility for ENL services.

The district’s five ENL instructors at the elementary, middle school and high school levels provide instructional support to about 200 students from 25 various languages spoken. 

The goal of the ESL program is provide the necessary language and academic support to English Language Learners in order for them to meet the demands of the South Colonie curricula and the Common Core Learning Standards.

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June 2020 News

ENL program expands offerings at Forest Park Elementary
As our English Language Learner (ELL) population has continued to grow over the years, the South Colonie School District has made strides to plan and provide the best support that ELLs require.  In maintaining this vision and preparing for the 2020-21 school year, it is with great excitement to announce that the district is preparing to expand our ENL program to Forest Park Elementary in the fall. Forest Park joins Shaker Road and Saddlewood Elementary schools as the district ENL centers.

Students who live in the Forest Park Elementary boundaries and portions of the Roessleville boundaries will be enrolled at Forest Park Elementary beginning in September 2020.   This school was the home to many ENL students over the years and the faculty and staff are excited to welcome and teach ELLs for future years to come. 

“We are grateful to our Board of Education in recognizing the need to assist our English Language Learners and their families in this capacity,” said William Boardman, supervisor of special programs. “It is our hope and belief that this expansion will help strengthen the academic, social, and community supports for both ELLs and all students in general.”

Informational letters will be mailed out home to families and students that will transition to attend the Forest Park program.

Student Resources


  • ABCya
  • BrainPOP – BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement
  • Learning Chocolate
  • PeppleGo*
  • Scholastic Learn at Home
  • Starfall* – Starfall is a free public service to motivate children to read with phonics. Its systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for English language development (ELD, ELL, ENL).
  • Storyline Online 

Middle School

High School


* While Starfall, PebbleGo, and MyEC have login options,  students shouldn’t be logging in when using those pages.

Parent Resources 

New York State Testing and Assessment links:

Teacher Resources

  • There are hundreds of free ESOL training classes hosted in public schools, government buildings, and places of worship and at community centers throughout the State, including at ONA Opportunity Centers. Some are run by trained teachers, others with volunteer tutors. ENL class list
  • EverythingESL.net – A great website for ENL teachers featuring teaching tips, lesson plans, other resources..
  • Teach Children ESL – A website created by a small group of teachers who want to help improve the professionalism of those who teach ENL to children.
  • Boggles World ENL – A great resource website of ENL teachers with amazing links.
  • Reading A-Z – A reading resource center for meeting the reading needs of a diverse student population.

ENL Regulations

New York State ENL Regulations