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Student Support Services

Overview of Student Support

TCIS offers support for students’ various needs through our ESL, Learning Support, and Counseling programs. English as a Second Language (ESL) provides support for students whose English skills are not proficient enough to be independently successful in the classroom. Not all students learn in the same way, therefore, the Learning Support program actively works to meet students’ unique learning needs. Students enrolled in the Learning Support program have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and goals for specific areas of improvement. Counselors are available for students that may need emotional support while at school. Counselors also work closely with students and their families to facilitate healthy, productive relationships. Should you feel that you or your child would benefit from any of these support services, please contact TCIS directly.

Language Acquisition Continuum for ELL (ESL) Reporting

What is the language continuum?

TCIS is now using a language continuum to assess the progress of our English Language Learners (ELLs). This continuum has been adapted from "The Ontario Curriculum Grade 1 - 8, English as a Second Language and English Literacy Development." The language continuum shows how a student learns English as an additional language.  There are 4 stages on the continuum that a student works through before becoming proficient in English.  The stages are beginning, developing, expanding, and connecting.  Once a student has mastered all of the items in the "expanding" stage, he/she will be considered for an exit assessment. 

Why did we make the change?

We have made the switch to the continuum because it shows teachers, parents, and students the specific skills and behaviors that have been mastered as well as the areas that need continued support. Knowing a student's developmental abilities in language, allows the school to better meet the academic needs of each English Language Learner.