English as a Second Language
For students who do not use English as their primary language, Brandon Hall offers ESL 1, ESL 2, ESL 2 classes. The classes are developmentally based and designed to help students refine their English skills so they may join our college preparatory courses.
ESL I - The English as a Second Language I course at Brandon Hall is designed to allow students who are non-native speakers of English to develop skills in all aspects of the English language: speaking, reading, writing and listening. The objective is to improve English skills, preparing students to assist them in everyday life in the United States. The emphasis will be on the spoken word and the structure of the language.
ESL II - The English as a Second Language II course is designed to assist students who are non-native speakers of English to increase their skills in all aspects of the English language: speaking, reading, writing and listening. The emphasis will be on oral communication, grammar mechanics, reading and writing skills.
ESL III - The English III course is designed to guide students who are non-native speakers of English to proficient use of the English language in all facets of syntax and semantics. The objective is to increase English skills, preparing students for mainstream English classes and the subsequent rigor of university classes.
Learning Support Center
The Learning Support Center is designed to help students who struggle with executive functions. Time management, prioritizing, reading comprehension, math and writing skills are developed in the class. Students also receive help with daily assignments. Learning Support Center also teaches students to self advocate.
Our daily academic schedule includes time every weekday for students to get extra help on assignments from their teachers. Typically, office hours are held in teacher classrooms.
All boarding students have a quiet Study Hall time Sunday through Thursday evenings to complete homework assignments with teacher support.
Freshman Seminar & Senior Seminar
Freshman Seminar is a class specifically designed for all ninth graders to support their transition into high school. The curriculum includes standardized test preparation, organizational skills, character development, and leadership training.
Senior Seminar focuses on comprehensive preparation for a student’s college experience. Support is provided in completion of college applications, identification of a core group of schools, and admissions essays.