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English as a Second Language

Country Day is the first independent school in the area to offer English as a Second Language support for students who are still developing their English skills.

The Admissions Office determines the need for English as a Second Language. Prospective students are recommended for ESL based on an interview, an oral English proficiency test, and listening, vocabulary, and reading comprehension tests.

ESL courses (with the exception of TOEFL Prep, when offered) can substitute for credits in the English or History departments, as appropriate. ESL students at a more advanced level frequently elect to enroll in a regular English course in addition to their ESL class(es). 

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