Building upon the observations and the assertions made in these previous chapters, this chapter examines the standard English language ideology the immigrant students had to negotiate at Oak. The chapter starts with an investigation of the linguistic practices that were valued and denigrated at Oak and the language ideologies which were embedded in them. These ideologies, as I will illustrate, were sustained through a tight language management policy that favored standard English. Following this discussion, I examine the investments of my focal students in learning English and explore how they negotiated the school’s monoglot standard English ideology (Silverstein, Monoglot ‘standard’ in America: Standardization and metaphors of linguistic hegemony. In D. Brennis & R. H. S. Macaulay (Eds.), The matrix of language: Contemporary linguistic anthropology (pp. 284–306). Boulder: Westview Press, 1998). The chapter closes with a call to view these students as social actors who had to balance structural language ideological forces while attempting to exercise a sense of agency.