ESL Level 2
You will already have basic knowledge of the English Language and plan to take the TOEFL examination in order to study in a US college. Using the latest technology and textbooks, you will focus on work in vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, reading and listening comprehension, writing, and speaking. The course provides you with an introduction to American idiomatic expressions and helps with understanding spelling rules. Prerequisites: Test results for ESL Level 2 using a secure placement test administered by CATS Academy Boston. ESL
ESL Level 3
You will be at an intermediate comprehension level of English and plan to attend an English speaking university or college. The course includes extended work on academic English and TOEFL vocabulary, pronunciation skills, conversational English, and the use of idiomatic expressions. There is required homework in reading and writing and you will complete tests in class in preparation for the TOEFL examination. You will use the online textbook and online applications. Prerequisites: Successful completion of ESL Level 2 or test results for ESL Level 3 using a secure placement test administered by CATS Academy Boston.
ESL Level 4
You will be at a high intermediate comprehension level of English and plan to attend an English speaking university or college. ESL 4 aims to develop and master your advanced skills in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Throughout the course, you will acquire sophisticated academic English vocabulary and apply critical thinking and writing skills to a variety of academic assignments. You will use the online textbook and online applications. Prerequisites: Successful completion of ESL Level 3 or test results for ESL Level 4 using a secure placement test administered by CATS Academy Boston.
ESL Level 5
You will be at an advanced comprehension level of English and plan to attend an English speaking university or college. ESL 5 aims to develop and master your advanced skills in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Throughout the course, you will acquire sophisticated academic vocabulary and apply critical thinking and writing skills to a variety of academic assignments. You will use the online textbook and online applications. Prerequisites: Successful completion of ESL Level 4 or test results for ESL Level 5 using a secure placement test administered by CATS Academy Boston.
CATS Extra: Communication
This course helps you develop language critical thinking and writing skills. You will develop your English language ability in order to speak, listen, read, write and learn grammar, which will set you up for success in future mainstream courses. Course content includes a range of activities that helps with communication in academic and social situations. Activities include presentations and speeches, persuasive speaking and writing, storytelling, role-plays, and the study of history and culture.
CATS Extra: Academic English
CATS Extra Academic English includes instruction and practice in reading, writing, grammar review, academic vocabulary, and idioms. You will develop your language skills by reading comprehension and approach strategies to help with spelling, vocabulary expansion, sentence structure and paragraphing, and using appropriate grammar in real life contexts. Additionally, the course will familiarize you with the academic writing process.
CATS Extra: Literature 101
If you have a low level of English, CATS Extra Literature 101 will provide an introduction to academic reading and elements of literary analysis. Reading assignments focus on language comprehension and analysis of the text. The literary component of the class provides you with the required terminology and theory in order to examine texts for major themes and to identify plot structure. You will learn the meaning of literary terms, such as, theme, topic, characters, dialogue, plot, and setting; and apply your knowledge practically in class and at home. You also learn to recognise the importance of identifying and understanding underlying meanings within a text.
CATS Extra: Social Science
In CATS Extra Social Science you will learn about communities around the world. With an emphasis on American History, you study native Americans and immigration. The course focuses on developing strong reading and note-taking skills, and you will be asked to undertake research, write reports, and give oral presentations.
CATS Extra: Integrated Science
In CATS Extra Integrated Science you will learn how to think, investigate, and communicate as scientists. The goal is to be able to read, write, and speak well about science. To accomplish this, you read and discuss ideas from the textbook and also look at, listen to, and study the world around you. You will ask questions about what you see and hear, make guesses about the answers to these questions, and design experiments to test your hypotheses. Finally, you share and communicate the results of your experiments with your fellow scientists through oral presentations and in writing.
CATS Extra Integrated Mathematics
Building on the math knowledge that CATS Extra students already have, Integrated Mathematics advances students’ math knowledge in the areas of geometry, algebra, trigonometry, discrete mathematics, and probability and statistics. The theme of the course is patterns. Students create, model, analyze, and explain the different patterns that occur in each of the math disciplines. Connections are explored between the different areas of mathematics so that students understand how each can be represented as a data table, equation, picture, and description. Students complete projects throughout the year to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts. In this way, students expand their mathematical vocabulary and communication skills while furthering their study of mathematics.
The Visting Committee report commends the school for the following:
The ESL program is divided up into six different levels to assist students to find the greatest success possible by meeting their needs in each academic level
The Visiting Committee was comprised of seven educators from other independent schools accredited by NEASC.