MISSION STATEMENT

The International Academy is a community of dedicated staff collaboratively engaged in ensuring success for our English language learners that speak a variety of 15 languages and come from over 30 different countries. We are a community within the Richmond Hill High School community where student learning is supported by our Teachers, Parents and Community. We strive to nurture every child, by ensuring emotional, social, and physical needs are met so that every child is ready to learn. Our educational experiences are engaging and student centered, promote independent thinking, incorporate technology and develop students’ participation in driving their own learning. We hold high expectations for our students so they are given the capacity to take Advanced Placement courses and Honor Courses, and graduate with the fortitude for college and career options.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Richmond Hill High School offers two programs for English Language Learners (ELLs): a Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) program in Spanish and a Freestanding English as a New Language (FS-ENL) program. Both programs offer an extensive range of classes and appropriate level coursework for students in grades 9-12.

ENGLISH AS A NEW LANGUAGE COURSEWORK

Entering I

ENL students with limited English language skills are given basic literacy skills during three periods of instruction.

Entering II

Students receive a double period of instruction focusing on literature based grammar acquisition through thematic listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. Students receive an additional single period class supplementing reading and writing skills as a preparation for beginning literary/informational text analysis.

Emerging

Students have a double period of thematic grammar acquisition through a variety of activities. Informational text/literary analysis and composition are developed through the use of longer articles, short stories, poems, short novels, individualized reading and special projects throughout the course of the year.

Transitioning

Students continue with a double period of thematic grammar acquisition through a variety of activities. Informational text/literary analysis and composition are developed through the use of longer articles, short stories, poems, short novels, individualized reading and special projects throughout the course of the year.

Expanding

Students receive a single period of ENL instruction with a focus on sharpening skills through critical analysis of informational texts, literature and composition. Students also receive a single period of ELA analyzing literature through film.

Commanding

Former ELLs receive two additional years of support in English as a New Language in addition to a single period of ELA instruction.

Regents Literary Analysis

ENL students who need to pass the English Regents receive intense instruction in analyzing and synthesizing fictional and nonfiction material (CCSS) in order to comprehend texts and compose a variety of essays. This course is taught by an ELA and an ENL teacher. The Push-In Model is used for some courses (including in the content subject areas) so that students receive entitled ENL services.

ELECTIVE COURSES

American Culture

A course especially designed for ELLs to develop familiarity with the USA.

History of the World

Appreciating Art

Introduction to Graphics 

An introductory course for the graphics arts using computers, the internet and Photoshop.

In-House Community Service

Students are given the opportunity to provide service in our school with real-world language practice.

Buddy Support

New ELLs are provided with an experienced student who speaks the same home language to help with the first days in a new country, community and school

Writing Celebrations

Student writing is published in our newsletter and displayed for the community and families to enjoy throughout the year during special events.

English Language Arts Regents Examination

As required by the NYS Education Department, all students are required to take and pass the ELA Regents Examination in order to graduate. ENL students are given the opportunity to take the exam in January and/or in June of their junior year and in their senior year.

FREE ENL TUTORING!

During the School Day After School Tutoring- Title III Program Consult schedule each semester.

Bilingual & Content Area Subjects:

ENL students are entitled to bilingual or ELL Content Area Classes in math, science or social studies. Parents can choose the ELL program (TBE or FS-ENL) they want for their child each fall.

DIVERSITY

Our Multicultural Newsletter

Our ENL students showcase their creative work through a variety of written work and/or art. This student publication allows students to describe their life experiences in the USA and abroad but also to express their views on current issues that are relevant to them and publish their accomplishments as writers.

ENL Celebrations

Students with an 85% average in ENL who pass all their other subjects and demonstrate good character are invited to a special assembly in January and June during which their academic achievements are recognized. Student speakers highlight the event.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

CLUBS & SPORTS TEAMS EXITING ENL

As per New York State Education Department, a high school student may exit the ENL program by obtaining the commanding level on the NYSENLAT which is administered in May. This is our goal.

International Gallery