English Language Support
Sandy Spring Friends School offers ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses that are very rigorous, combining the same content that they would receive in non-ESOL courses with strategic support in reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar.
These courses are taught by experienced teachers who are specially trained in teaching English language learners. This specialized instruction ensures that students are well-prepared to succeed in mainstream (non-ESOL) high school and college courses.
- What support does SSFS offer for students who are not native English speakers?
- What about math, science, arts, and other courses?
- What if my child doesn't need ESOL support, or is quickly ready to move into mainstream classes?
- Are ESOL classes "real" classes? I've heard it doesn't look good to colleges when students take more than one year of ESOL. Is this true?
- How are international students placed in classes when they first arrive at SSFS?
- How are ESOL students placed in classes for the following year?
- How do ESOL students prove that they are ready for mainstream classes? Does it depend on their grades? Test score?
- How can my child demonstrate success at SSFS? How do we determine if SSFS is a good fit for my child?