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School Policies for The English Island

The English Island Group Registration

In order to enroll in our 18-hour per week international student program, 12-hour per week program, and 3/6 hour per week specialty classes a student must be age 18 or older, preferably with a high school diploma for his/her country. Students must be literate in their own languages and have the financial capability to undertake our program. Students who do not meet some of these qualifications (particularly the literacy qualifications) and live in-country may be enrolled in private lessons in order to work up to the level where he/she may apply for entrance to our group-class program. Corporate lessons are offered to in-country students only.  Private lesson packages are available to in-country students and in some cases, to out-of-country students in the US on a tourist visa.

The English Island Tuition and Fees

There is a $50.00 registration fee which is required to attend any course. Students returning to The English Island after more than a 12-month absence must pay the registration fee again.

All students must make the first tuition payment and register for a class by or on the first day of class. Students can’t enter or continue attending class until they have paid 100% of tuition. We only accept check, debit card, credit card, or wire transfer.

The English Island reserves the right to change tuition and fees for in-country students without notice. Please ask school administrative staff about current prices and session program dates.  The English Island does NOT offer refunds. Special considerations will be made for students in the international program that cannot continue due to circumstances out of their control.

Checks that are returned to the school for any reason will result in a $35.00 returned-check fee. Students will additionally be charged any applicable late fees that may apply as a result of the returned check.

Student Placement and Transfer

Group Classes

Before entering class, you will take the BEST Plus speaking test to determine your level.  This speaking exam places you in one of the designated NRS Levels—Beginning Literacy, Low Beginning, High Beginning, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate, or Advanced. You are eligible for general courses and electives based on your placement scores.  In some cases, you may take a written placement exam as well to ensure proper placement.

If you think you are in the wrong level, you should speak to your teacher.  If the teacher does not feel you should move, you can enter a request with the School Director to retake the entrance exam for an opportunity to move up.

Moving levels in the middle of the term is generally not possible except in special cases.

Private Lessons

Private-lesson students also take the BEST Plus speaking exam to determine the most appropriate level for the coursework.  We create a syllabus based on the student’s level and individual needs.

Student Progress

Group Class

To remain in good standing, you must maintain a C+ grade point average.  You will get a grade report every 3 weeks. If you don’t have a C+ average or better, you will receive a warning. If your grades do not improve within the next 6-week period, you will be on academic probation and will repeat any courses that you have failed.  If lack of progress continues, you may be dismissed.

Private Lessons

To remain in good standing, you must attend all scheduled lessons and complete work as assigned. An assessment at the end of the term will demonstrate your progress. We require at least 48 hours notice to postpone private classes without losing hours. We only hold unused hours for up to 30 days.

Repeating Levels


Students may repeat levels in the case of obtaining a failing grade or due to absence. Levels may be repeated only once.


Homework is a required part of the ESL courses at The English Island. You should allow two to three hours outside of class each day for homework.  You can do homework at home, in the library, or with other students.  Students who study 2 to 3 hours each day will most likely earn good grades and advance quickly.

Moving Up


The terms at English Island are 6 weeks long. At the end of every 6 weeks, you will take a test.  The score on this test combined with your other exams, your homework grade, and your attendance will determine if you move up to the next level.  You must have an overall grade of 75 and attendance of 80 percent to move up to the next level.



All ESL students must be in class every day on time. Attendance in all classes is required. Students must have a minimum of 80% attendance overall at all times and to receive a certificate of completion. There are no excused absences for any reason. Students who don’t maintain 80 percent attendance will be on attendance probation.

Private Lessons

Private-lesson students must attend all scheduled lessons. If unable to attend, the student must give the teacher 48-hour notice so the teacher can reschedule the lesson.  If notice is not given, the student will lose the lesson. We only hold unused hours for up to 30 days.

Behavior in Class

Students must show respect to teachers and classmates through words and actions, participate in all classroom activities in a friendly manner, speak English only in class, and do all homework assignments.

Poor behavior may result in suspension or dismissal.


Students must buy textbooks during the first week of class and bring them to class daily. Students who do not have their textbooks by the second week of class will not be allowed to attend classes.

Dress Code

You must wear appropriate clothing to school. You can wear t-shirts, but the shirts can’t have offensive messages or advocate unhealthy behavior. Shirts with alcohol, drugs, sex, or violence are not allowed.

Hem of shorts must be fist length when arms are resting at the sides. Skirts and dresses must be fingertip length. Tank top straps must be at least 1” in width to cover all under garments. You can’t wear swimwear to class.

You must wear shoes or sandals at all time. You cannot wear hats or head coverings unless it is for your religious beliefs. You can’t wear sunglass in class.

Student Complaints

If a student has a major problem with the school, instructions, or anything else pertaining to his/her experience, he/she may file a formal complaint with Billy by completing a complaint form.  The administration has 48 hours to notify you that it has received your form and one week to respond to the specific complaint itself.

Cheating and Plagiarism

Students can work together on projects, homework, and in-class assignments. However, students may not work together on any exams.  Students who cheat (copy from someone else’s paper) during an exam will fail the exam and will be on academic probation immediately.

Plagiarism is using someone else’s work and pretending that it is your original idea.  If writing papers or doing presentations for class, students must cite any materials used. For these assignments, students must use MLA format on a Works Cited page or in the presentation or on the bottom of the page for anything copied from another text (ex. last slide of a PowerPoint). Your teacher will review citation procedures for you in class.


In the event that legal proceedings, including but not limited to law suits, are brought against The English Island for any reason, both jurisdiction and venue of said proceedings will take place in Cobb County, Georgia.


PARENTAL/GUARDIAN CONSENT/COMPLIANCE. If you are under the age of 18, you must have your parent or guardian register for you. By agreeing to these terms, you attest that you are at least 18 years old (or, if you are not at least 18 years old, you have your parent’s or guardian’s permission to use the Services, and your parent or guardian has read and agreed to the school policies on your behalf).

Student Acknowledgement

I have read and understand this document or have had this document verbally explained in my native language. I further agree to adhere to the policies explained above. I understand that this contract is legal and binding. I attest that I am at least 18 years of age or have had my parent or guardian register on my behalf. I understand that I will pay the tuition and fee amount as designated in this contract for each subsequent session.

Furthermore, I hereby voluntarily and without compensation authorize pictures and/or voice recordings to be made of me by The English Island. I consent to the use of my name, my picture, and/or voice, for promotional, informational, or other purposes in any medium. I permit The English Island to use written statements or quotes by me that I may provide to them about The English Island and my experiences there. I further understand that no royalty, fee, or other compensation of any character shall become payable to me by The English Island for such use. I understand that consenting to the use of my picture, video, voice, and/or written statements is voluntary, that I may at any time exercise the right to cease being filmed, photographed, or recorded, and may rescind my consent for up to a reasonable time before the picture, video, voice recording or written statement is used. Said material is the sole property of The English Island and its assignees. I release The English Island, it’s owner, administrators, faculty members, and staff from liability for any claim or course of action resulting in any way to the use or publication of such photographs or statements.