English as an Additional Language

One of ZIS' greatest strengths is our tremendous cultural diversity. Over 50 nationalities are represented on our campuses and a host of different languages are spoken. This makes for a diverse, vibrant and exciting environment in which our children can grow and develop.

Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) program is designed to provide academic instruction and support for English language learning. The program’s purpose is to ensure that our students become proficient in English and achieve academic success. In the Lower School, Student Support teachers work alongside classroom teachers to support students’ English language development. In the Middle and Upper School campuses, separate EAL classes are offered as required. These take the place of or supplement mainstream English classes.

Parents are strongly encouraged to help their children maintain and develop their home language as this provides a strong foundation for English language learning and is fundamental to a student's emotional well-being.

New applicants to Middle and Upper School may be asked to complete a placement assessment.

Please view the ZIS Language Policy here.

See Middle School and Upper School Program of Studies for more information on EAL classes.