Where most classrooms end, ours begin.


ESL (English as a Second Language) at North Country School develops students' literacy, academic writing, and critical thinking skills. Our goal is to prepare students for mainstream English courses and to support learning in mainstream science, math, and social studies courses. ESL courses also help students participate in school life and better understand American and English-speaking cultures.

Reading fiction and nonfiction, writing in a variety of genres, and completing interdisciplinary and place-based projects are the foundation of the curriculum. Beginning-level students focus on group projects, task-based instruction, and extensive reading for pleasure at the appropriate level. As students' proficiency grows, classwork resembles that of mainstream English courses, yet with an adapted pace and special attention paid to vocabulary, reading skills, and writing organization and mechanics. Critical thinking, problem solving, and cultural awareness are woven into the curriculum at all levels.

  • Students in grades 4-6 have one or two periods of ESL daily.
  • Grades 7-9 have one period of ESL daily and may join support courses offered as needed.
  • Specialized ESL US History and ESL American Studies classes are offered as needed to support content and culture learning.
  • Small class sizes (one to six students) facilitate active participation.
  • TOEFL Junior and yearly CTP-IV testing track progress and build test-taking skills.
  • Eighth and ninth grade students prepare for and take the TOEFL iBT and the SSAT as part of the high school admissions process.