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 Specialists

Peggy Setoguchi, MAT TESOL

MAT TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Middle School ELL Teacher

Peggy Setoguchi is an experienced teacher of multiple languages, and graduate of the School for International Training MAT TESOL program. She is a certified TESOL trainer and her extensive experience includes teaching English in elementary, high schools and universities in the US, Japan and Mexico. Peggy has a passion for helping students unlock the power of language across global borders.

Debbie McLaughlin '83, MA

High School Learning Support Specialist & ELL Teacher

Debbie McLaughlin has extensive experience working with both high school and college students and understands the skills needed for success beyond Forest Ridge. Her experience as both a teacher and administrator includes a focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Debbie has a deep understanding of UDL research-based principles that are now widely adopted as a guide to design learning environments that are accessible and effective for all students.