Newcomer Essentials at the International Prep Academy is designed for EL students, in grades 4 – 8, with interrupted, formal education and/or with limited literacy in their first language. Most students in this program are in the emergent stages of literacy and numeracy skills development, as well as in English acquisition. Most of the students in this program are newcomers to US schools, so instruction is tailored to their academic and linguistic levels in order to build on their funds of knowledge. Students receive ESL, reading, writing, and mathematics instruction, as well as social science, science, music, art, PE, and other key academic and socio-emotional elements of a meaningful school experience. The students spend half of their school day at the International Prep Academy and the other half at either Edison Middle School or Stratton Elementary School, depending on their grade level.