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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Within its traditional academic and residential programs, Kents Hill has long incorporated an excellent program for ESL students of beginning, intermediate & advanced levels, including:

  • Small ESL classes of 3-8 students, with individualized attention in each class.
  • Three levels of an ESL program, designed to meet all levels of English proficiency.
  • Immediate mainstreaming, as appropriate, in science, math and arts classes, to the Advanced Placement level.
  • Outstanding college preparatory curriculum, committed to diversity and global affairs.
  • Excellent visual, music and theater arts programs.
  • Expert college counseling for international students, including financial aid options and online test preparation programs.
  • Onsite TOEFL, SAT, ACT and SAT Subject testing throughout the year.
  • Immigration and visa expert in the Admissions Office.
  • Faculty International Advisors, a vibrant Student Ambassador program and active “Go Global” International Student Club.
  • Leadership opportunities.
  • Roundtrip school transportation from Logan, Manchester, Bangor and Portland airports for every school vacation.
  • Diverse student body, drawing from 15+ countries and 20+ states.

Levels I and II
Levels I and II of the ESL program are designed to accommodate beginning to moderate levels of English proficiency. Students in Level I are immersed into English conversation and beginning English reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar, as well as a social studies course, 20th Century World History. They are mainstreamed in math, science and the arts. In Level II, ESL students continue intensive English studies, with courses now modeled on mainstream English and history courses, and begin their immersion into American literature and history.  Students continue to be mainstreamed in math, science and arts, progressing to the next level.

  • Level I Courses: ESL I (2 classes), Conversational English, 20th Century World History (ESL), Science (mainstream), Math (mainstream) and Art (mainstream).
  • Level II Courses: ESL II (2 classes), Conversational English (for new ESL II students only), American Studies (ESL), Science (mainstream), Math (mainstream), Art (mainstream) and Health (mainstream).

Level III
Level III of the program mainstreams students completely into history and English classes, while continuing their progress in science, math and arts classes. Students take one ESL class:  an intensive writing seminar which focuses on the writing skills necessary for success in all areas, such as research papers and analytical essays.  TOEFL preparation is also a key focus of this course. At this stage, many ESL III students are enrolled in AP science and math classes.

  • Level III Courses: English course (mainstream), history course (mainstream), ESL III Writing Seminar, Science (mainstream), Math (mainstream) and Art (mainstream).

The Modern Language graduation requirement is waived for ESL students.

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