English Language Learner (ELL) Excels in the Medical Sciences

Anglaise JosephAnglaise Joseph is a great example of ELL success proving that learning English while acquiring knowledge in the content areas cannot be an impediment to academic achievement. While attending the Medical Sciences Academy Choice Program at Boynton Beach High School, the twelve-grade student has completed all the eligibility requirements for Early Admission at Palm Beach State College (PBSC).

The seventeen-year old has a passion for learning. She recently came to the United States in November 2015 with no English but full of an eagerness to learn and ready to succeed. She enrolled in the Medical Sciences Academy program because her career goal is to become a general surgeon.

“The Medical Sciences Academy put me on the path of my career goal because I want to become a general surgeon in order to help people,” she said. “It is a very challenging program and I had to be very focus to stay in it.”

The Medical Sciences Academy Program is designed to encourage and prepare students for entry into all health professions and towards higher education in the medical or health care field. The program at Boynton Beach High School is a choice option that facilitates student awareness of health professions while providing a skill-based curriculum.

Without the middle school foundations and while learning English, Anglaise made all the efforts and sacrificed her time to study hard enough to meet all the criteria to qualify for the requirements for PBSC.

Early Admission at PBSC requires for a student to complete 11th grade, have a 3.2 GPA minimum unweighted, score at college level readiness in Reading, Writing and Math, and attend a mandatory information session. She has a 3.7 GPA and passed the Reading, Writing, and Math tests for qualification.

“She is a very bright student and also very well focused. I believe she will be successful in her studies,” says Mrs. Margueline Rimpel, the ELL Guidance Counselor at Boynton Beach Community High.

But things have not been easy for Anglaise with the challenges of a different language and the adaptation to a new culture and a different environment.

“I had to do a lot of reading and listening to CDs in order to learn the language. I took English classes in Haiti, but it was not enough for me to be able to communicate when I first got here. Also, when I came here, people thought that I was weird because I was distant. I was afraid of the system and did not want to get in trouble,” said Anglaise.

The keys to Anglaise success: “I never skip classes. I took the most challenging ones. I study hard and try not to get distracted but to focus on my learning.”

When asked what advices she would give to young students like her, she said: “Put your education first and take advantages of all types of opportunities that you find in life.”

“I am very proud of my daughter,” said Mereste Joseph, her dad. “Her mother and myself, we are doing our best to give her all the necessary support that she needs. She has done a lot in school in a very short period of time.”

Anglaise declares: “I want to thank my dad for bringing me here in the United States where I can find more opportunities for my life, and my mom for taking care of me the way she did while my dad was working hard abroad to provide for our family.”