ESL classes are offered at an additional fee in order to give international students an extra layer of support in English and academic subjects.
All new international students at Portledge School entering grades 9-12 for whom English is not their first language will be required to take at least one year of ALFIS. All year-one students will be enrolled in the 5-day cycle program; each individual student’s level may be adjusted in year two. The student will meet the teacher during the school day.
In grades 9-12, if a student would like to opt-out of the program after the first year, they will need to either score a 90 on the TOEFL (with at least a 23 in each subcategory) or complete the school year with a final grade of A- or better in English. For students in Lower and Middle School, two years of ALFIS will be required. After two years a formal decision will be made by the Lower or Middle School Division Head, in consultation with faculty as to whether or not a student will be required to continue in the program.