Entrance and Exit Protocol

 

English Immersion Program (EIP) Entrance Protocol
Students grades 4-7 whose first language is not English and who score a 1.0-1.9 on the WIDA Assessment Placement Test (W-APT) are eligible for the EIP upon meeting the following criteria:
- submission of transcripts from the previous year showing an academic average of 75% or higher and/or upstanding teacher recommendations that speak to the student’s academic achievement;
- an interview, in person or over Skype, with the RAS admissions; and 
- an EIP Acceptance Letter, which outlines the general requirements, expectations, and goals, signed by both the student and guardian(s).

RAS accepts students grades 4-7 into the EIP throughout the school year. Because students take up to one year for this program, students who enter midyear will complete the grade level in which they were enrolled in their home country the subsequent year after exiting the EIP.
Students grades 8-11 whose first language is not English and who score a 2.0-2.9 on the WIDA Assessment Placement Test (W-APT) are eligible for the EIP upon meeting the following criteria:
completion of the candidate’s current grade in home country;

submission of transcripts from the previous year showing an academic average of 80% or higher;
teacher recommendations from previous schools that speak to positive academic achievement;
a face-to-face interview with RAS admissions and an ELL specialist; and 
an EIP Acceptance Letter, which outlines the general requirements, expectations, and goals of the program, signed by both the student and guardian(s).

Please note that RAS does not accept students grades 8-11 who score lower than a 2.0. RAS accepts EIP students only through September 15 for that school year.

completion of the candidate’s current grade in home country;

- submission of transcripts from the previous year showing an academic average of 80% or higher;
- teacher recommendations from previous schools that speak to positive academic achievement;
- a face-to-face interview with RAS admissions and an ELL specialist; and 
- an EIP Acceptance Letter, which outlines the general requirements, expectations, and goals of the program, signed by both the student and guardian(s).


English Immersion Program (EIP) Exit Protocol
In order to exit the English Immersion Program, students grades 4-7 must exhibit WIDA Level 2 language proficiency skills, while students grades 8-11 must show WIDA Level 3 language proficiency skills, within one academic year. Language proficiency will be determined based on an exit portfolio featuring the following evidence:

- summative assessments that show achievement of WIDA’s Performance Definitions for Level 2 or 3;
- at least one grade level of literacy improvement, as evidenced by DRA scores;
- responses from the EIP core teacher on a Google form, which are sent to shared spreadsheet;
- student self-reflection response on a Google form, which is sent to shared spreadsheet;
- exit interview with the prospective mainstream ELL teacher; and 
- exit interview with the language arts teacher from the student's cohort class.
- Upon completing all aforementioned requirements, the student will graduate from the English Immersion Program at the end of the closest semester, receiving an official certificate, and enter the Sheltered Instruction ELL Program in the student’s cohort class and throughout the student’s academic career at RAS.

Please note that RAS does not accept students grades 8-11 who score lower than a 2.0. RAS accepts EIP students only through September 15 for that school year.

Sheltered-Instruction ELL Program Entrance Protocol
RAS provides sheltered instruction ELL support for grades K-12. Students grades K-7 whose first language is not English and who score a 2.0 - 4.5, and students grades 8-12 who score a 3.0 - 4.5, on the WIDA Assessment Placement Test (W-APT) are eligible for the Sheltered Instruction English Program (SIEP) upon compiling an Entrance Portfolio made up of the following criteria:
- submitting transcripts from the previous year showing an academic average of 75% or higher and/or upstanding teacher recommendations that speak to the student’s academic achievement;   
- oral interview with the Admissions Director; 
- MAP test; and
- oral interview with an ELL teacher (may occur after acceptance).

The Entrance Portfolio, including the W-APT results, will be sent to the appropriate ELL and homeroom teachers for class preparation.


Sheltered Instruction ELL Program Exit Protocol
In order to exit the English Language Learner program, students must exhibit grade-level language abilities in their academic classes by demonstrating that they are able to fully participate in reading, writing, speaking and listening in English and at grade level. A student will prove their readiness to exit the program by compiling an Exit Portfolio with the following evidence:

- a WIDA Assessment Placement Test score of 4.5;
- summative assessments that show achievement of WIDA’s Performance Definitions for Level 4;
- responses from core teachers on Google form (which are sent to shared spreadsheet);
- student self-reflection response on Google form (which is sent to shared spreadsheet);
- report card assessments that meet grade-level standards without language scaffolding;
- grade-level MAP test scores;
- grade-level DRA scores; and 
- exit interview by an ELL specialist other than the one with whom the student usually works.

Upon completing all aforementioned requirements, the student will graduate from the ELL program and receive an official certificate.

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