For Parents

Frequently asked questions:

Q: How can I support my child’s language learning at home?

A: There are many things you can do to support your child’s language learning at home. See here for more information.

Q: What additional support is available for my child outside of class?

A: Teachers are ready to help students during their office hours. We offered focused support activities, such as “Grammar Boot Camp” and “Writers Unblock”.  See here for more information.

Q: How important is  home (native) language learning? 

A: Supporting and growing your home language is beneficial for many reasons. See here for more articles and information about this.

Q: How long will my child be in EAL? 

A: Learning an additional language is a complex and time-consuming process. Every child is different, and so there is no simple answer. In addition, we want EAL students to be successful, and our goal is academic English fluency. Read more about all that is involved in this process here.

Q: How do you track my child’s EAL progress?

A: Language learning is assessed throughout the year in different ways:

  1. We use the WIDA Model assessment at admissions and during the spring semester.
  2. We give reading assessments throughout the year (based on the Fountas and Pinnell reading level system)
  3. We also assess students with grade-level standards in Humanities (American Common Core State Standards)

Q: How do students move through the Program or exit 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 teacher recommendations. For a student to exit the EAL program, they must meet our exit criteria, which includes a WIDA score in the high 5 range.