The mission of the DeKalb International Student Center is to teach English to non-English speaking students. You may have heard them referred to as ESOL or EL’s: English Learners. One new acronym for our children is PHLOTEs, Persons whose Home Language is Other Than English. We serve students in grades three through twelve.
We serve students who have been educated in their country of origin through our Intensive English Program. These students come to the International Student Center for just a short time, usually about one semester. Intensive English students come to the International Center to learn the English – both academic and social – they need to be successful in their home school.
We also serve Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) children through our Language Acquisition Based (LAB) Program. These are children who have not 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 to speak, read and write in English, do math, and get some history and science under their belt before going to their neighborhood high schools.
The DeKalb International Student Center
* 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.
The DeKalb International Student Center is always looking for partners. You can help us by becoming a mentor to a student, becoming a friend of the library, volunteering to read to students, working on campus beautification, or by donating clothing or school supplies. If you would like to volunteer, please call the school at 678-676-0902 and we will set you up with one of our counselors who can explain our program and see how you might fit in. We want to make it easy for you to become a part of our International Family!