Information for Prospective Students

A Diverse Student Body

TESOL welcomes students of all nationalities, genders, religions and ethnic groups. Over the years, up to twenty-two nationalities from four continents have been represented.

To enroll in the preschool program for a particular school year, a child must have reached age 3 by the start of classes in September or before the end of December. We do not make exceptions to this rule, and similar minimum age requirements exist for other grade levels.

Grade Placement

As a school with small classes which tries to address the educational needs of each child, all new students are tested for grade placement. Schools differ in their grade level numbering, program expectations, and of course language of instruction.  Your child might not start at TESOL in the same grade level where he/she would have been in his/her previous school. However, we do not adhere to a rigid set of standards in determining grade placement; many factors are taken into consideration.

New To English?

We accept children who have not previously studied in English. Depending on the student’s age, we will enroll most children in intensive English class for one full school year. Only at the end of that year will we be able to decide whether and at what grade level they can enter our regular classes. Children in lower primary may be able to enter the regular classroom directly, but may be placed below their previous grade level. Four-year-olds usually begin with their age group in the Pre-Kindergarten level 2 class. For all ages and grade levels, the more knowledge of English a student has, the more quickly she or he will be able to adapt to our school. For younger children, even a few lessons from a family member or tutor will help them understand what is said in class during those important first days of school.

Please Contact Us

If you are thinking of enrolling your child, please contact us by email or stop in for a visit (by appointment if possible). Click here for a registration form in Word or pdf format or write and we will attempt to answer any questions you may have.