Student Support Services
English Language Learner (ELL) classes are offered at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students remain enrolled in these services until their level of academic English is strong enough for them to no longer need this additional support. Students who require ELL services should enroll as early as possible, as our ELL capacity is limited.
ICSV also offers instructional support to students with a variety of mild to moderate learning challenges. Enrollment in the Learning Support Program is based on individual student needs, program capacity, and availability of the required supports. Students with diagnosed learning challenges are provided with Individual Learning Support Plans, outlining their specific goals and accommodation needs.
Both of the options in our Student Support Services department come with an additional fee.
English Language Learners Program (ELL)
ICSV offers an English Language Learner Program (ELL) in order to assist non-native English speaking students in raising their level of academic proficiency in English. The classroom and ELL teachers are the primary educators. Support is available from English language teachers who provide instruction, consultation, and evaluation.
Each student’s English language proficiency level is assessed using test results, work samples, and prior records. This information, together with input from the principal, ELL teachers, and classroom teachers, is used to determine the amount of support needed based on the child’s English language abilities.
- Extended ELL Support (ELL1): Students who have little or no English language skills are placed in our Extended ELL Support program. They take ELL in place of a German class. In addition, the students receive additional pull-out services in order for them to make sufficient progress in their academic English skills. Pass/Fail grades may be given for these students in most classes.
- Regular ELL Support (ELL2) :Students who still require support with English are placed in our Regular ELL Support program. These students need ELL instruction in order to continue strengthening their academic proficiency in English. The goal of this program is for students to become independent learners in a setting where English is the language of instruction . These students take an ELL class in place of a German class. Because they are now able to complete grade level work, letter grades are awarded for all classes.
Elementary Learning Support
At the Elementary level, ICSV provides in-class and small group support by a student learning support teacher and learning assistant staff. Students are grouped according to their individual needs and grade levels. The focus of individual and small group pull-out support is to provide re-teaching and remedial instruction in math, reading, and writing. Support may also include assistance within the classroom. At times, students may need to take a Learning Support class in place of English or a foreign language. There is an additional fee for these services.