program is for middle school and
high school students from overseas
to help them make a smooth transition
into American middle and high
foreign students come to the United
States to study without realizing
all the difficulties they will
encounter. They are not fully
aware of the complexity of English
or the emphasis placed on communication
skills in American society. The
truth is: It is simply too difficult
to learn the new language and
culture AND a full course load
of academic material at the same
time. This transition is even
more difficult for teenagers who
lack the maturity to deal with
ESL classes of most private high
schools, if offered at all, are
not intended to fill these needs.
Accel¡¯s ESL Program for middle
and high school students serves
as a necessary bridge to a full-curriculum
middle or high school.
Accel strengthens the academic
skills of its students and motivates
them to set higher standards for
themselves academically, professionally,
and personally. Accel encourages
students to strive for success
on all levels of life.
Placement is determined by student
performance on the Secondary Level
English Proficiency (SLEP) test.
The intensive curriculum focuses
on level-appropriate literature,
grammar, vocabulary development,
and essay and report writing.
Emphasis is also placed on classroom/study
skills such as answering and asking
questions, critical reading, listening
and speaking skills, and research
and note-taking skills.
Language learning is further
supplemented by vocabulary development
and work in content areas such
as science and American history.
In order to keep their math
skills sharp while students are
focusing heavily on English, Accel
offers classes in math as well,
which require little mastery of
Our language programs are taught by
American teachers certified to teach
English in secondary schools; they are
not merely ESL instructors.
In addition to extensive language
work, we introduce students to and immerse
them in American culture by giving them
the opportunity to participate in tours
of colleges, museums, historical sites,
and other cultural events. Students
feel much more comfortable interacting
in American society after being
part of these controlled experiences.
Other services provided by Accel for
students enrolled in this program include
school searches, assistance with applying
to schools, review of application forms,
assistance with essay writing for applications,
provision of recommendations, and preparation
for interviews. Accel has had many students
who have successfully entered and achieved
success in their middle and high school
classes upon completing this program.
students must meet specific requirements
to get and maintain the student
(F-1) visa. For further information
regarding F-1 visas or I-20 Certificates