The choice of a one-semester period of pass/fail assessment is afforded ESOL students upon enrollment at SCDS. In these cases, students receive their grades, but grade percentages are not calculated for Grade Point Average (GPA) until after the first semester is completed.
SCDS requires three years of a world language for graduation. While ESOL classes are given credit toward graduation in student support, ESOL classes are not counted toward the three-year world language requirement. English Language Learners may have all or part of the world language requirement waived on a case-by-case basis when the administration deems it necessary.
In addition to developing their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, students learn academic skills that will benefit them in all their courses such as understanding the honor code, using the student portal of the school’s website for syllabi and homework assignments and online library resources. Technology is woven throughout the ESOL curriculum and students use the Internet as a research- writing tool. Applications and programs such as iMovie, Power Point, and Quizlet assist the learning process in all skill areas.
Students learning English language are encouraged to use dictionaries, computers, and electronic ‘pen’ translators to facilitate access to the curriculum. Students are also granted additional time on tests and exams as needed.