English as a Second Language (ESL)
ESL students complete two tests after their registration:
The BEST Plus assessment determines the starting speaking proficiency.
The BEST Literacy assessment determines the starting reading and writing proficiency.
Together, these scores indicate the student's starting ESL level. Classes are offered in six different levels: 0 - 5. Within each level, students will study English reading, writing, and conversation. Generally, one class meets twice a week for 90 minutes at a time, for a total of 3 hours weekly per class.
Students may enroll in up to three classes and may choose a morning, afternoon, or evening schedule.
In most instances, students may not join a class after it has already started. New classes are added to the schedule each month. Because of this, there may be a 3 - 4 week wait between the time a student registers and their first day of class.
Students are retested using the Best Plus assessment after every 80 hours of classtime to check for progress.