Hi, I'm new to these boards and I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this question, so if it needs moved, I understand! We have a new student in our school who moved here from Russia this summer, but there is some disagreement about what grade to put him in. He just completed 2nd grade in Russia, but he is 9 years old. He has lots of support at home and outside of school, even though we have no ELL program. In fact, I think I'm the only teacher in the school with any ELL teaching experience. These are the options: 1. Put him in 3rd grade in a 2nd/3rd multiage classroom. That teacher has never taught an ELL student before and is nervous about it. The principal thinks he should be in there to start and if he needs to jump a grade later once he has a better command of English, fine. 2. Put him in 4th grade with me and my job-sharing partner in our 4th/5th multiage class. He'd actually be the oldest 4th grader in the class. I used to teach in a very diverse school with lots of ELL students. This student has been attending our summer reading program (which is just for fun) that my partner is teaching, so he already knows her a little bit. He would stay with me for 5th grade too. (I'll be full time then, not job-sharing. Probably.) What do you think is the best option? And more importantly, why? I need info on what is best for an early ELL.