The AES Policy on placement in the EAL program applies to high school students entering Grades 9 and 10. EAL high school support is provided only for these two grades. Grades 11 and 12 offer no EAL support. Therefore, students must enter Grades 9 and 10 with a high intermediate to advanced level of English proficiency to qualify for admission. It is advised that high school students do not attempt to sit for the EAL placement assessment without a basic foundation in English from their previous institutions.
EAL students receive receive 0.5 elective credit for each semester of EAL, and equal credit for all the subjects needed for graduation. They can also access the AES IB curriculum.
How Our Students Learn
High School students in EAL 9 & EAL10 Support classes are mixed proficiency levels. There is no tracking or streaming by proficiency levels at the high school. EAL students are fully mainstreamed or immersed into English 9/10 and World History 9/10 courses with their age and grade level peers.
Students in Grades 9 and 10 who need additional English language instruction receive this through an EAL support class which replaces a World Language course. The EAL teacher works closely with the World History and English departments to determine the necessary skills which will be used weekly in their content areas. These skills become the lessons of the week in the student’s EAL classes. Strategies such as pre-teaching, reviewing, re-teaching, providing additional time, etc., are used to fine-tune the acquisition of needed skills. Support can also extend into Integrated Math and Science by helping students with the English needed for these content areas as well.
Students can remain between one semester to one year in EAL 10, or between one semester to 2 years if they enter in EAL 9. Their exit from the EAL program depends a combination of factors. In addition to an acceptable exit WIDA score, students must also receive mainstream recommendations from all their content area teachers: i.e. math, science, social studies, English, health, music, etc. Students cannot have a D in any subject. Exit also depends on counselor input and advice and opinion of the EAL instructor.