In the Lower School all children whose mother tongue is not English are tested upon entry to AISZ. The language assessments help to determine the appropriate placement in the EAL program and classroom. On-going assessments are used to determine the language support needed to help children access grade level content, as well as when their English language proficiency is adequate for exiting the EAL program.
The objective of the EAL program is to provide the social and academic skills necessary to empower EAL students to become active members of the AISZ community. EAL students are “immersed” in the regular classroom to the greatest degree possible. The EAL students work on acquiring the kind of language necessary to access the mainstream class curriculum. When possible, push-in or pull-out support from EAL teachers is provided.