ELL Program

An education for international students at Blue Ridge School is about more than going to class; it is an experience extremely more enriching! Four years at Blue Ridge School will give international students the skills needed for college and will provide them with a rich cultural experience: becoming familiar with American cultures and gaining firsthand knowledge from students from many countries around the world.

With the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as our backdrop, our students learn to explore, communicate, question, and find their voice in our community.  After four years at Blue Ridge, an international student leaves our picturesque campus aptly qualified for college and well-prepared to be a good citizen, a diplomat for cultural understanding, and an advocate for peace across our globe.

Our students feel at home at Blue Ridge School as they prepare for college and a fulfilling life beyond our campus. Our diverse student body is an important aspect that makes our school special.

The English Language Learners Program (ELL) at Blue Ridge School is designed for students of all English levels, from beginners to those honing their language skills before entering college.

Director of the ELL Department Ms. Sarah Kushwara. Click here to read more about Ms. Kushwara.


ELL Levels:

First Year ELL 
The first year program is for 9th and 10th grade students in their first year at Blue Ridge School. It is an intensive program that is perfect for those students who need extra language support as they transition to social and academic life at Blue Ridge School. Students at the first year ELL level will take an ELL English class and an ELL World History course. 

ELL American Studies
The ELL American Studies program is for second and third year ELL students at Blue Ridge School. Students in these sections learn the English language through the study of American history, literature, music, and culture. Classes take advantage of BRS's close proximity to several of America's most historical sites: ELL field trips include visits to the homes of former U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, Civil War battle sites throughout Virginia, and our nation's capital, Washington D.C.

Advanced Level
BRS also offers a TOEFL Prep course for 11th and 12th grade students who are preparing for college entry. Students will see a decided difference in their TOEFL scores after taking this course in which they learn strategies to improve reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills important to taking the TOEFL test.

We encourage international families considering a Blue Ridge School education to read more about our International Program. Should you have any questions regarding the ELL or International Programs, please contact our ELL Sarah Kushwara (434-985-2811 ext 177).
 

In my years at Blue Ridge, I watched Mr. Cory Woods change boys by showing them that they could in fact jump farther or climb higher. It was incredible to see boys who had never been exposed to the outdoors jumping off rock ledges into swimming holes or taking a tough mountain bike trail and then excitedly telling their friends what they had accomplished.

Both he and Mrs. Carrie Woods are a huge part of the reason I am a student at UC, Boulder!

- Max Koneff ’14