English Learners (EL) is designed to assist those
international students who may not be proficient in English. All EL
students are required to take the Gateway and other tests required of
all students at Hillwood. The students must also meet the course
requirements to receive a high school diploma.
Students go to an EL class for either one or two periods, depending on
their individual fluency in English. Students take regular coursework,
and the EL teachers assist the classroom teachers in modifying and
assisting these students. Currently, Hillwood's EL program serves 50
students from over 20 countries.
An exciting program done each year is our International Day. On this
day, students display information about their native country, and share
art, music, and food from the different countries. Students receive
free tickets to these performances, which are repeated throughout the