ESL (English as a Second Language)

Students come to us with varying levels of English proficiency. We work with them in several ways to promote full English language fluency. Proficiency is essential for success in all core subjects.

A multilevel program is designed to address the needs of each student. Non-native English speakers may be given a language proficiency test to determine the student’s level in the four domains of: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

The results will determine whether they are placed in Intensive or Intermediate ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. Teachers will determine when a student will exit from ESL classes based on proficiency test scores and performance in class. Student assignments within the regular classroom are subject to language ability modifications.

In these ESL programs student progress is measured and graded on the basis of the regular alphanumerical scale, while a Pass-Fail grading scale is used for the other core subjects to accommodate a student’s developing proficiency level in English.