English Language Learning Support


Forest Ridge welcomes students from around the world to immerse themselves in speaking, reading, writing and learning in English. Our English Language Learners (ELL) program provides support during the student’s transition into our English-taught curriculum.

Language support builds her confidence inside and outside the classroom

By supporting her growth in language skills, she feels more confident to engage with new friends and community. Our ELL program helps her to grow in both interpersonal communication skills and academic success.

Support placement

Placement in our ELL program is determined by the school administration. Many considerations go into determining the level of support each student needs, including teacher recommendations, previous coursework, SSAT® and TOEFL® scores.  

TOEFL and SAT testing preparation

Forest Ridge has a cohesive four-year plan for our ELL, high-school students to prepare for TOEFL testing. Additionally, all Forest Ridge students get practice with the PSAT®, the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, a precursor to the SAT.

Meet our ELL Specialist

Madison Lakey

Middle School and High School ELL Teacher

Ms. Lakey is the ELL teacher, working with students in 6th – 9th grade. She works with students on their English language domains while supporting them within their classes as well as out of class. She has a bachelors degree from Washington State University and working on her masters in Instructional Design.