When a student is identified as an English Language Learner (ELL), they are placed in “English as a Second Language” classes. These classes are taught by certified teachers who are proficient in both oral and written English.
Morning beginner classes (4-hour block)
Classes offered for beginning students are speech, science, social studies reading, and English as a Second Language for middle and high school students. Students are taught Basic Interpersonal Communication skills. They learn how to communicate in English in both oral and written form, with an emphasis on listening and reading comprehension. The curriculum includes the use of The EDGE textbook series by Cengage Learning and Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling Method as well as teacher supplemented resources. Middle School beginner classes also include social studies and science curricula through National Geographic and other Cengage Learning textbooks.
Afternoon intermediate classes (2-hour block)
Classes offered for intermediate students and include reading, intermediate English as a Second Language and one high school section of Business English where students can earn a Carnegie credit toward graduation. Afternoon classes focus on academic vocabulary skills and bridging students' English proficiency to grade level. The curriculum includes use of The EDGE textbook series by Cengage Learning and the Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling Method as well as teacher supplemented resources.