Quality Schooling for Non-English Speakers (International Students)
Policies and Procedures
Everest Academy ESL (English as a Second Language) Program is available for English language learners (ELLS) as an intensive protocol of instruction to accelerate proficiency in English language and literacy. Our ESL instruction is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) and is accommodated to the student’s level of proficiency in English language as well as level of academic achievement. Lessons address comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing English language. Instruction is provided through supplemental pull-out or content-based classroom instruction in a relaxed yet stimulating environment by qualified ESL instructor.
Mission and Goals
The mission of Everest ESL program is to provide research-based educational guidance and support to every student to achieve academic excellence.
Broad goals are as follows:
– Provide an educational framework for excellence to support English Language Learners.
– Differentiate instruction per strengths and needs of each learner.
– Employ effective tools and resources to deliver instruction.
– Implement efficient and effective systems to monitor student achievement.
– Use student assessmnet data to drive ESL curriculum and instruction.
To enable ELLs to become competent in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing English.
To provide ELLs with equal educational access and benefits.
To give ELLs the opportunity to experience academic success while they learn English as a second language.
To build knowledge and learning in content areas as they acquire English.
To help students celebrate their cultural heritage and increase self-assurance and confidence.
To comply with Federal/ State legal regulations concerning the education of English language learners.
Everest Academy uses content-based instruction (CBI) model that emphasizes learning about something rather than just learning about language.
Instruction is sheltered wherein ESL students are taught the same curriculum as their grade level peers with individualized modifications.
Students are taught in small homogeneous as well as large heterogeneous groups. Technology is integrated to enhance the educational experience.
ESL services help students learn English as quickly as possible.
ESL students, teachers, and campuses benefit from TEA offered resources for ESL students.
ESL teachers provide instructional accommodations.
Students speaking language other than English as documented in Home Language Survey and international students are given an Oral Language Proficiency Test (OLPT). Those scoring LEP (Limited English Proficient) are eligible for ESL services. Additional qualifying data may be collected through administration of IOWA ITBS or Stanford 10.
Parents of ESL students are encouraged to
Learn more about the ESL program and keep updated with their student’s progress.
Share information with teachers regarding culture and language and to serve as translators and liaisons.
Participate in the PTO and in other activities at school.
Support student participation in the program.
Be positive with their children about the benefits of being in an ESL program.