Proficiency in English is essential for academic success at Morrison Academy.
All students transferring from a non-English speaking school will be tested before admittance and placement. Testing requirements for other students are determined by the admissions office.
- Students who are determined to be an English Language Learner (ELL) may be admitted if there is a reasonable probability that they will be performing at their appropriate age/grade level within three years of admittance.
- Students in grades 6-12 whose English ability is more than one grade level below average will be ineligible for admittance. These applicants may test again after 6 months if space is available.
- Each applicant has only three chances to pass admissions tests.
The principal will determine eligibility for admission for ELL students based on: the ability of the school to provide qualified personnel and appropriate resources beyond the year of admittance, the school’s potential for helping the family meet their educational goals for the student, enrollment limits for ELL students, and the educational dynamics of the grade for which the student is applying.
The school does not typically place students below grade level due to ELL needs. The principal, however, has the right to make the final decision regarding grade placement, considering the following factors: age, maturation, academic ability, and past school performance.
If the home language of the student is neither Chinese nor a Germanic or Romance-based language, admission will be conditional for the first year. In order to avoid language confusion and develop a solid foundation in academic English, these applicants must agree to not engage in any Mandarin language study until they have successfully exited Morrison Academy’s ELL program.
Parents will be notified if admittance is contingent upon participation in the ELL program and will be notified of the cost of these services.