English as a Second Language (ESL)

Our English as a Second Language (ESL) educational program strives to prepare international young people for academic success at the pre-college level.  Our goals are to cultivate and strengthen both the social and academic English language skills of our international student population in order to increase their ability to perform well socially and academically in the mainstream content area classroom. These goals are achieved through immersive classroom instruction, cultural experiences and field trips, and a supportive learning community.


ESL Intensive English Orientation for New International recruits: August 13-28, 2019

New international students begin the school year with an orientation and assessment period to help prepare them for the year. Students receive intensive English instruction and participate in cultural experiences. Upon arriving, new international recruits will be assessed on their initial English proficiency level using TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) testing products. Students are then placed into one of three levels:

  • Skill-building (Beginners)--Students who are at the very beginning stages of English language proficiency
  • Intermediate--Students who have sufficient English skills in place to give and receive simple communication in English, yet not proficient enough to be independent learners and successful in a mainstream grade-level classroom.
  • Advanced--Students have higher verbal skills, yet still need to develop higher academic reading and writing skills in order to prepare for the transition to the mainstream English classroom.

After this orientation period, students will be evaluated based on their performance and test scores and placed into appropriate academic classes for the fall.


Our ESL curriculum is based on the internationally recognized standards of TESOL (Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Students generally take courses in communication skills, academic reading, academic writing and grammar. Students will also take mainstream academic courses in science, math, social studies, leadership and construction trades as language skills allow.

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