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ESL at GRA

Become an expert in the English language, develop the skills to be academically successful in high school and university, and to earn great university acceptances are the goals of Grand River Academy's International Student Program.

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Our international students play an important role at Grand River Academy. Their experiences from around the world, added to our domestic diversity of students from around the country, make the campus a wonderful place to live and learn.


The goal is preparing them not just for university, but to be successful individuals.

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GRA’s International Student Program prepares students at all levels of English fluency for university placement within the United States, both academically and culturally.

The Academy provides support to international students by working closely with the consultants, and families in determining each international student’s individual needs. GRA provides a wide range of general assistance and support that relates to international student programming and assisting students adjusting to life at Grand River Academy through advisor support and faculty instruction.


International Student Course of Study

Beginning English Language Learner

Beginning English language learners will be placed in 3 to 4 ESL courses that focus on: Grammar, Writing, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Development, Listening and Speaking. These students will take mainstream courses in Math, Science, and/or History.International students are assessed and placed in courses according to their English language ability and grade level.

Intermediate English Language Learner

Intermediate English language learners will be placed in 2 to 3 advanced ESL courses and mainstream courses in Math, History, Science and/or English.

Advanced English Language Learner

Advanced English language learners will be placed in a fully mainstreamed schedule.

Additional Courses Offered

  • TOEFL Preparation Course: This is a complete preparation course for students planning to take the new version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
  • English Speaking Partner Program (ESP): We pair each international student with an English Speaking Partner, one or our more experienced students, who acts as a mentor and friend, answering questions, suggesting ideas and helping to solve problems.
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