Second Language Acquisition

Second language acquisition is an essential part of teaching practice at SCS, as all of our students are learning in a second language (either English or Spanish). SCS invests heavily in second language acquisition training for all teaching faculty. This professional development equips teachers to implement classroom strategies that promote academic fluency in the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Our ELL (English language learner) students score in the average range in all subjects on the MAP assessment compared to their native English-speaking peer groups in the United States.

The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) model is a research-based approach used in all fifty states and throughout the world to help children develop second language proficiency, specifically in the English language. The SIOP model is an integral part of every SCS classroom. While the core curriculum is taught in English by native English speakers, students are introduced to literacy development skills in both English and Spanish in the early grades. While teachers work diligently to provide for all students' needs within the classroom, some students require additional reinforcement. The English as a Second Language (ESL) and Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) departments support students who are struggling in one or more of their core classes due to lack of proficiency in the target language.