Intensive English

Transition Requirements

Middle School Students (12 YO-13 YO)


In order to be considered for transitioning out of the Intensive English program, the student must meet the following requirements:


  • Score independently at level Z on the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment (or at no more than one grade level below, which is level V).
  • Not have any open units in Intensive English Reading or Language Arts except for the ones currently engaged in.
  • Consistently show good study habits as evidenced by*:
  • Actively participating in all class activities without prompting
  • Completing all assignments on time and with consistent effort
  • Keeping up with all expectations for homework
  • Taking notes in class and maintaining a neat folder of work
  • Going through the writing process on writing assignments, including independent revision of work and conscientious proofreading
  • Score at grade level on an age appropriate writing prompt


*Recognizing that a student can go through a change in motivation over the course of the year, “consistently” may be defined as exhibiting these behaviors over the course of one full unit.


Once a student has achieved the first three of these benchmarks, then the student or a teacher can request the writing prompt. This writing prompt will be read by a neutral observer and will be scored based on a rubric.