Transitional High Schools

About Transitional High Schools

The Transitional ESOL High Schools (TEHS) provide instruction for older ESOL students (18-up) who wish to earn their high school diploma. Students are in Grades 9-11, depending on their prior educational background. Classes are held from 4:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and from 4:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays. The Transitional ESOL High Schools provide instruction at four sites, sharing space at Falls Church High School, Robert E. Lee High School, Annandale High School and South Lakes High School.  Students provide their own transportation to school.

Transitional ESOL High School students are highly motivated, hardworking self-starters.  Many have completed a full day of work before coming to class, yet they arrive brimming with enthusiasm and eager to study.

The instructional program consists of the WIDA Levels 1 & 2 (Beginning) ESOL curriculum and Mathematics classes (FAST Math, Introduction to Algebra and Algebra 1). Students earn elective credits for graduation for all courses except Algebra 1, which earns them a content (Math) credit. The Transitional High Schools do not offer a diploma, however when students attain the intermediate level of WIDA Levels 2 & 3, they may continue their studies at the adult high schools, earning their high school diploma from one of these locations.


REQUIRED High School Classes

Monday - Thursday 6:30 PM.- 9:45 p.m.

  • World Concepts
  • Concept Science
  • Math
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)


Monday - Friday 4:15 p.m.-5:05 p.m. and 5:10 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Computers
  • Conversation
  • Writing
  • Individualized Labs in Math and Language Arts


Contact Information


Steven Craig

Assistant Principal:

Linda Wallen


Falls Church High School

Robert E. Lee High School

Annandale High School

South Lakes High School

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Transitional High Schools


Richard Pollio
Director, Office of ESOL Services

Darina Walsh
Coordinator, ESOL Office

Karen Kleiber
Coordinator, ESOL Office

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Last Updated

December 18, 2013