English as a Second Langauge (ESL)

The English as a Second Language Program is designed for students preparing for college who are not native speakers of English. In the ESL program, students are immersed in cultural studies as well as essential components of academic instruction. 

English as a Second Langauge (ESL)

The English as a Second Language Program is designed for students preparing for college who are not native speakers of English. In the ESL program, students are immersed in cultural studies as well as essential components of academic instruction. 

The ESL program has three levels, and students are placed in level one, two, or three, depending upon his/her initial TOEFL, TWE, and other in-house reading, writing, and speaking assessments. We honor each student’s different learning style, and we use testing only as a guide to placement. The student’s prior English and academic experiences are also taken into account when placing a student in ESL levels. 

 As a certified ETS (Educational Testing Service) testing site, students have a statistical advantage on the TOEFL in their ability to test at their home campus.  By working with the Director of International Student Programs, the Director of Teaching and Learning, and the College Counselor, we ensure that students have all the credits for high school graduation and college acceptance. 

 As a certified ETS (Educational Testing Service) testing site, students have a statistical advantage on the TOEFL in their ability to test at their home campus.  By working with the Director of International Student Programs, the Director of Teaching and Learning, and the College Counselor, we ensure that students have all the credits for high school graduation and college acceptance. 

 As a certified ETS (Educational Testing Service) testing site, students have a statistical advantage on the TOEFL in their ability to test at their home campus.  By working with the Director of International Student Programs, the Director of Teaching and Learning, and the College Counselor, we ensure that students have all the credits for high school graduation and college acceptance. 

Shannon Rowan

Director of International Student Programs, ESL Teacher

“Besant Hill School is like a thriving ecosystem, rich in diversity and talent. It’s a pleasure to work and contribute to a unique school where a sense of belonging and support permeate and a love of learning is nurtured.”

Betsy Stix

ESL Teacher

“The word ‘educate’ means to draw out rather than to fill up, and at Besant Hill we experience true education everyday as we recognize and celebrate the strengths, challenges, and passions of each individual.”

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