English as an Additional Language (EAL)
South Oaks School has a significant percentage of students for whom English is not their first language. Many of these students receive extra instruction in English in small pullout groups. The EAL classes vary from 30-60 minutes per day, as necessary. The teacher who heads the EAL department oversees the program for all the participating grade two to grade four EAL students. Small group instruction is delivered by an Educational Assistant. The groups are monitored by the EAL teacher and regular evaluation and regrouping is carried out by her. The EAL teacher at South Oaks School is Carol Hill. As students approach grade level expectations in reading and writing they are transitioned out of the EAL groups.