Intensive English

Transition Requirements

Upper Elementary (Ages 10-11)


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


  • Score independently at grade level Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment for the age level they are entering (A student can be transitioned into a grade-level younger in Reading and Language Arts)1
  • 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 by2:
  •  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
  •  Score at grade level on an age appropriate writing prompt.


1 An eleven-year-old student can score at the ten-year-old reading level on the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment and be considered for entry into the ten-year-old Reading and Language Arts class.


2 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.