English as an Additional Language (EAL)



ISB supports a Sheltered Immersion Model (SIM) to develop English language proficiency for social and academic success. SIM aims to improve language learning, facilitate access to high school classes, maintain high academic standards, and develop cross-cultural understandings. Language instruction and content learning are supported in both EAL and mainstream classes. Students are encouraged to maintain their native language to aid content understanding and second language learning. EAL support is available to all EAL students throughout their years at ISB.



Sheltered means support to the EAL students through EAL classes, the EAP Center, and EAL and mainstream collaborative teams. EAL teachers work with the mainstream teachers to plan collaboratively and teach, co-teach, or provide in-class support to EAL students in the mainstream. Immersion means that EAL students and their peers are educated in the same classroom. The model immerses the student in the mainstream population while also providing support.

EAL students may be clustered in mainstream classes, with an EAL co-teacher, to allow them to participate in mainstream class in a supported manner. Cluster classes are co-taught by an EAL and a mainstream content-area teacher. Students learn the content and language specific to English, social studies and science, which will provide a solid foundation in the content areas to ensure a smooth transition into the next grade-level.


2019/20 EAL CHART

Learning Support


The Learning Support Program at ISB provides academic assistance for students with learning differences. The support each student receives is based on individual need. The purpose of the Learning Support Program is to ensure students are successful in the academic program at ISB and reach their potential.



Grades: 9-12 Length: 1 year/ on-going Credit: 0.5 (Elective credits per semester)

Prerequisite: Approval from Student Support Team

The Intensive Studies program is designed for students having academic difficulties and/or a diagnosed learning difference. The program focuses on identifying what is preventing the student from achieving academic success and developing a plan to meet their needs. As part of this process, students will analyze their learning styles, learn how to effectively set and achieve goals, implement effective study skills, and embrace healthy academic risk taking. Students will also learn how technology can assist in improving their learning. In addition, students have time set aside to study and work on class assignments.

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY (component of the intensive studies program)

Grades: 9-12 Length: individually determined

Speech and language therapy involves a progression of activities to achieve specific goals. Depending on the nature of the communication disorder, therapy may focus on learning new behaviors, modifying behaviors that interfere with successful communication, relearning skills that were lost, and improving speech sound production and producing fluent speech. Speech therapy is based on a meticulously designed series of practice. The speech therapist selects communication skills that are taught through drills, practice, play interactions, and/or dialogues.

The frequency and length of therapy sessions depend on the nature and severity of the individual’s disorder.