While some of our youngest international students are English proficient and require no English language support in speaking, reading, or writing, we enthusiastically accept some well-qualified children at each grade level who have limited language arts skills in English. To enable these students to enjoy and benefit from our academic program we offer a specially designed English Language Support (ELS) class for students to reach academic success.
Admissions: Students take a Lower School Admissions assessment as part of the Brimmer application process. This includes a test component that helps us determine whether a child is at the beginning, intermediate or advanced stage of English language learning. The Admissions Committee carefully reviews each student’s application. Upon acceptance, the Admissions Office will inform parents as to whether their child will need to participate in our ELS program.
Pre-Kindergarten: The Pre-Kindergarten students are in a language rich setting and our English language learners receive language support from their teacher and teacher assistant. The ELS teacher is available for consultation if needed.
Kindergarten – Grade 5: Lower School students in Kindergarten through Grade Five who are identified as needing additional instruction, take English Language Support (ELS) during the regular school day. A fee applies for this program.
The focus of ELS for Pre-Readers is to help students in early childhood develop the skills essential to becoming successful and to develop their language fluency for increased comprehension and participation in class.
The focus of ELS for Readers is to help students develop their reading skills. Children work on increasing their vocabulary, comprehension, and their class participation. Our goal is to teach vocabulary, reading and writing skills, and to build academic confidence so that each child can get the maximum benefit from our rich school program. The ELS teacher consults with teachers and parents regularly and conducts assessments periodically to determine each student’s growth and needs.
In addition to the requirements outlined on the application process
page of the website, all international students must provide the following:
- Passport photo
- Health and immunization records
- Financial documentation to provide evidence of support during your stay
- Guardianship/Homestay arrangements