The mission of the DeKalb International Student Center is to:
Teach English to non-English speaking students.
Provides quality English Language instruction that yields effective school behavior for academic and social skills.
Assesses students at their functional level.
Respects, recognizes, and accepts cultural diversity and universal human rights.
How We Serve
You may have heard them referred to as ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language), EL’s (English Learners) or PHLOTEs “sounds like “floats” ( Persons whose Home Language is Other Than English). We simply call them our students. Our students are in grades 3rd – 12th and are placed on one of two learning tracts: our Intensive English Program or our Language Acquisition Based (LAB) Program.In a typical school year, we serve close to 700 students and 65 teachers/school staff. Our annual operating budget is $15,000 per year.
Intensive English Program. Students who have been educated in their country of origin are served through our Intensive English Program. These students come to the International Student Center for just a short time — usually about one semester — to learn English for both academic and social skills required for successful transition to their home school of record in DeKalb County.
Language Acquisition Based (LAB) Program. Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) are served through our Language Acquisition Based (LAB) Program. These are children have never been to school in their home country or in the country where they were refugees. They stay with us for about two years to learn how to speak, read and write in English and are introduced to math, history and science before going to their neighborhood high schools in DeKalb County.