Once our students have achieved a level of proficiency that is sufficient to allow them to succeed in general education classes, we transfer them out of the Intensive English program. Research shows that it usually takes between 3-7 years to achieve Academic Language proficiency in English. Some students, through hard work, determination, and an aptitude for language, are able to exit the Intensive English program in fewer than 3 years. But each student is an individual, and it is impossible to predict how long it will take an individual student to achieve English language proficiency.
Recommendation for exiting IE is made by the student's Intensive English teacher. This recommendation will be done based on test results and performance in the classroom. The decision will be made by the IE teacher, classroom teacher, and the IE coordinator. Research shows that students achieve the most when placed at the appropriate level, so the school will make the decision to exit IE very carefully.