English Language Learners (ELL) Program
At Applewild, all students are challenged academically, are valued as individuals, and are encouraged to pursue academic excellence and their individual interests. Applewild School offers an intensive, well rounded ELL program for international students and non-native English speaking students in grades kindergarten through eight. Students enrolled in our ELL program participate in our challenging academic curriculum and diverse extracurricular activities. ELL students are in our mainstreamed and rigorous math, science, and social studies classes, and participated fully in instrumental music and/or chorus; studio art; theater; woodworking; and physical education or team sports.
In grades 6-8 (our Upper School), students take ELL each day in place of our English class. This course is an intensive, challenging English language learner class. Course content focuses on students’ English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, as well as literature and grammar at appropriate levels. Instead of taking a world language, students have several Language Waiver classes per week with a Learning Support Teacher. In this part of our ELL program, academic language and content is emphasized to ensure understanding and support students’ progress.
In grades kindergarten through five (our Lower School), students receive small group or individual tutorial support within our ELL program in lieu of taking French. Here, students focus on growing their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in a very individualized setting. In both the Lower and Upper Schools, ELL students’ classroom teachers thoughtfully collaborate with one another and students’ ELL teachers to ensure that students are appropriately supported and challenged throughout our entire academic and extracurricular curriculum.
Starting their American education at Applewild School provides international students the chance to acclimate to the American classroom. Skills of collaboration, problem-solving, and developing meaningful relationships with teachers and peers provide a solid foundation as students look to continue education in the United States.