In a typical year, Grier welcomes students from 15 or more foreign countries. Grier has developed an intensive and comprehensive ESL program which works with other academic departments to meet the needs of those students. All students in ESL participate fully in math, science, social studies, the fine arts, physical education and extracurricular offerings available at Grier. Cross-cultural guidance is offered by the teachers as an integral part of the program.
Four levels of English are taught by ESL teachers. Listening, reading, and writing skills are emphasized at all levels. ESL students are incorporated into mainstreamed academic classes as soon as language proficiency warrants.