All newcomer students meet in a special group focused on academic language and social language. There is one group for 1st-3rd grade students and another for 3rd-6th graders. These groups usually meet daily, sometimes for up to 50 minutes a day.
Once students have completed this exit criteria, the state and our district no longer requires them to take ELL classes. For exceptional students, this can happen in 2-3 years, but for many it takes significantly longer.