EAL in the Middle School

Admissions

The AES policy on placement in the EAL program applies to middle school students entering Grades 6, 7 and 8. In addition, to ensure that EAL students can satisfy grade-level academic requirements and fully take part in school life, AES Middle School has established minimum levels of academic English proficiency suited for classroom participation for Grades 6, 7 and 8. New students at AES must have these levels of academic English in reading, writing, speaking and listening for admission to Middle School.

How Our Students Learn

There are two levels of language support in the Middle School. Placement into these levels is determined by English language proficiency assessments. Middle School students who need English language support receive that support through a daily Humanities-EAL class. The Humanities-EAL course, which is offered at each grade level, is guided by grade-level Humanities content curriculum. It is through this Humanities content that all four domains of English language learning are addressed: academic reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students in Humanities-EAL also receive an additional class of focused language instruction and support, referred to as EAL Support 1. This class is in place of world language.

Middle School EAL students who are reaching grade-level proficiency will be placed in daily mainstream Humanities class and will also receive English language support in place of a world language class (called EAL Support 2).

Exiting EAL

Once admitted into the EAL program, movement between levels, including program exit, is considered only at the end of a semester. Movement is based upon WIDA test results, class performance, academic English proficiency, and teachers’ recommendations.