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The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed to integrate concepts from the content area courses (humanities, math, science, etc.) into its units of study. Cultivating critical thinkers who are empathetic and comfortable in culturally diverse settings is at the heart of learning in the ESL program and across the school. Units of study in the ESL program are based on the California Department of Education Standards for English Language Development. At the end of the program, ESL students will be given a comprehensive assessment that measures their language abilities in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Once students have exited the ESL program, there is continued writing and academic support and guidance as they complete their tenure at Vistamar.
International students who enter Vistamar will spend their freshman and sophomore years integrated into mainstream courses. However, instead of taking a foreign language course, they will take the ESL course that offers them further foundational support with the building of English skills.
Prior to entry into Vistamar, potential international students are required to take the TOEFL examination. In addition, they will be interviewed either online or face-to-face by one or more members of the Vistamar faculty or administration. For more information regarding international admissions click here.