ENGLISH LEARNER PROGRAM
The English Learner (EL) Department provides specified instruction and support to students who are learning English as a second language. Here are some other terms that EL is also referred to as:
- EL - English Learner
- ELL - English Language Learner
- ESL - English as a Second Language
- ELD - English Language Development
How does a student get enrolled in this program?
Parents complete a Language Survey upon entering our district (enclosed in the registration packet), which consists of four questions that ask about the student's preferred language in given scenarios. Should the parent indicate that the student speaks another language other than English, the student is then asked to take a language assessment to accurately determine how fluent the student speaks, reads, writes, and listens to English. Based on the results of this exam, the student is then determined whether he/she is enrolled in the EL program or not.
What type of services do EL students receive?
- Students with an Overall CELDT score of "3" or below take one full year of an ELD class, which provides extra support with language aquisition and development.
- Students who have not exited the program are scheduled into "Sheltered" classes for the core subject areas (Language Arts, Science, Math, and History), and may be scheduled into regular classes upon demonstrating proficiency in that given area.
- Personal one-on-one meeting with the EL Coordinator to discuss individual goals and needs.
- Regular identification and review of scores and goals with the EL Coordinator and Sheltered teachers.
- Monthly ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) meetings for parents held in the evening to educate and support EL parents.
How does a student exit out of the program?
To exit the program (otherwise known as "redesignating"), the student must accomplish all of the following:
Where can I find more information?
Mr. Luis Diaz - EL Coordinator