High School English as an Additional Language
High School EAL Program
The High School (HS) English as an Additional Language (EAL) program is designed to develop the English language competency of EAL students to meet grade-level, subject-specific, and school expectations. The EAL department scaffolds language acquisition in content and academic concepts to support students so they can access the mainstream curriculum.
- Support is based on the students’ level of English Language proficiency, as defined by the WIDA MODEL Performance Definitions and WIDA Can Do Descriptors.
- The purpose of these classes is to develop and refine content-based English language skills in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
- In addition to delivering English language support classes, the High School EAL teachers work collaboratively with the grade-level teaching team and support EAL students in core classes.
- Development of home language, celebration of linguistic and cultural diversity, and intentional use of translanguaging for linguistic development are fostered within the high school’s culture.