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English Language Learners (ELL)

Student taking down notesSt. Catherine’s Academy's English Language Learners (ELL) program is designed for students whose native language is not English. A combination of self-contained and mainstreamed classes supports students as they develop fluency while also challenging them to practice newly acquired skills.

Curriculum

SCA's ELL program consists of a mixture of self-contained (ELL students only) and mainstreamed classes. This combination gives students confidence as they master new English skills while also challenging them in subjects with less emphasis on reading and writing.

  • English/Composition – Self-contained/ELL students only
  • Grammar – Self-contained/ELL students only
  • History/Social Studies – Self-contained/ELL students only
  • Vocabulary/Literature 1 (Level 1 and 2 ELL students) – Mainstreamed with regular students
  • Vocabulary/Literature 2 (Level 3 ELL students) – Mainstreamed with regular students
  • Math/Pre-Algebra/Algebra/Geometry – Mainstreamed with regular students
  • Science/Spanish/Art/Physical Education/Music/Religion – Mainstreamed with regular students

Who is an ELL Student?

A student is placed in the ELL program if he does not meet the proficiency level recommended for the grade in which he is enrolled.  

The ELL student population consists of:

  • International students with an F-1 visa
  • United States citizens or legal residents (with a Green Card) who live outside the United States
  • United States citizens or legal residents (with a Green Card) who live in the United States

Levels

Level 1 - Beginning

Level 1 is designed for students with very limited English.

Level 2 - Intermediate

Level 2 is designed for students who meet the following English proficiency in comparison to a typical non-ELL student in their grade level:

  • Conversational English: 80% fluency
  • English Composition: 50%
  • Grammar: 50%
  • Reading: 50%

Level 3 - Advanced

Level 3 is designed for students with a 3.00+ GPA who meet the following English proficiency in comparison to a typical non-ELL student in their grade level:

  • Conversational English: 100 % fluency
  • English Composition: 70%
  • Grammar: 70%
  • Reading: 70%

Mainstreamed

ELL students are mainstreamed with non-ELL students in all subject areas once they meet the following English proficiency in comparison to a typical non-ELL student in their grade level:

  • Conversational English: 100 % fluency
  • English Composition: 80%
  • Grammar: 80%
  • Reading: 80%