Achievement House provides a rigorous, standards-based educational program for English Learners (ELs) of all levels. Our English Learners build and develop their linguistic proficiency in a program that is both intensive and flexible. Identified English Learners attend an ELD (English Language Development) course taught by a certified ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher and designed to promote the continual develop of English language reading, speaking, writing, and listening skills. Additionally, the ELD department collaborates closely with classroom teachers to ensure that academic curriculum is accessible so that your student can successfully meet standards and make gains in English language proficiency. Bilingual mentors and access to one-on-one help sessions further support students, ensuring positive outcomes for our English Learners.
Upon enrollment, non-native English-speaking students are evaluated for placement into the ELD program. Achievement House adheres to the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards and employs the WIDA Screener to accurately determine a student’s English language proficiency. If it is determined that a student would benefit from English language development support, an individualized program is implemented to best help your student develop English language proficiency while achieving grade-level content standards.
Four different sections of ELD support the needs of students. Newcomer EL (NEL) serves the needs of brand-new English learners acquiring basic English skills, Beginning EL (BEL) serves the needs of students in levels 1-2 (Entering and Beginning), Intermediate EL (IEL) serves the needs of students in levels 3-4 (Developing and Expanding), and Advanced EL (AEL) serves the needs of students in level 5 (Bridging).
High school students earn credit upon successfully completing each year of ELD. Achievement House English Learners can truly achieve the proficiency and literacy to effectively communicate in English, excel in their academic courses, and realize their higher education and professional goals after graduation.
This course is specially designed for recent immigrants who have little or no English proficiency. Students in this program develop foundational linguistic skills and receive support as they begin to adapt to their new culture. Furthermore, students begin to build the most basic language skills so that they may reach a level of proficiency where they are able to access state standards in English. This is a year-long course where students meet every school day for a 30-minute synchronous live session and are given 1 assignment to complete asynchronously per school day. Placement in this class is based on scores on the WIDA ACCESS or WIDA Screener and teacher input.