ELL stands for English Language Learners.

ELL support is available for any student whose first language is not English and who needs additional language support. English is the primary language of instruction at the ISE, which means that students learn in English. New students to the primary school with no previous experience of English receive help in a pullout class with an ELL teacher. For students in the secondary school receive in class support to scaffold their subject specific academic language.

As part of the ISE Admission procedure, new students who have some knowledge of English are tested to determine their level of English. When a new student, whose mother tongue is not English, is admitted for Grades 1-10, the ELL Coordinator will administer a test to determine the level of assistance needed. Students entering ISE in August will be tested during the first week or two of classes. The ELL Coordinator will test students entering ISE at any other time as soon as possible. There are no fees involved in the testing of students, and parents of all new students will be informed of the results.

The overall aim of the ELL support program is to offer the student additional help in building language skills to develop confidence in English as rapidly as possible.