Programs for English Learners & Immigrant Students

Language Development Program's staff and teachers continue to design, augment, and support the many programs and services we provide to our very diverse student population and community.

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Newcomer/SEI program Support

  • Recommended instructional setting for students at the Emerging and Expanding levels of English proficiency.   The results of the  initial State mandated language assessment indicate students have beginning to somewhat developed oral and written English skills.
  • Integrated program design includes grade level courses of English Language Arts, History/Social Studies, Math, and Science instruction.
  • Course work aligned with the CCSS ELA, CCSS History/Social Studies and Math, and Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Students receive substantial to moderate support through structured, integrated and designated academic language skills development based on the CA ELD Standards.
  • With the integration of the California English Language Development Standards, English fluency and content knowledge development are achieved simultaneously in the core curriculum to ensure English learners do not suffer academically as measured under the federal and state standards. (Established in Castaneda v. Pickard [5th cir. 1981] 648 F.2d 989)
  • A variety of instructional strategies and specialized materials are used to facilitate conceptual understanding, language acquisition, and literacy skill development.
  • Classroom populations may include English learners of varying ages and grades but whose level of English proficiency is similar. (California Education Code Section 305)
  • Program participation is not normally intended to exceed one year, unless otherwise determined necessary to meet the identified instructional needs of a student. (California Education Code Section 305)  Placement is initially determined based upon the results of the State mandated language assessment. 
  • Once students participating in the Newcomer/SEI classrooms have acquired a good working knowledge of English, as determined by established exit criteria, they will transition to English language mainstream classrooms. (California Education Code Section 305)
  • The Newcomer/SEI program is located in various sites throughout the district so that all students needing the program have access to it.  These sites change from year to year based upon enrollment numbers.  To determine the site nearest your home, please contact your neighborhood school.

Mainstream Classroom with Appropriate Support

  • Recommended instructional setting for students at the Expanding and Bridging levels of English proficiency.  The results of the  initial State mandated language assessment indicate students have moderately to well-developed oral and written English skills.
  • Grade level subject matter content is delivered in a manner that is accessible to all learners.
  • Students receive moderate to light support through structured, integrated and designated academic language skills development based on the CA ELD Standards
  • Instruction and course work are aligned with the CCSS ELA, Math, and History/Social Studies, and Next Generation SS.
  • A variety of instructional strategies and specialized materials are used to facilitate conceptual understanding, language acquisition, and literacy skill development.

Alternative Program

Parents/guardians may choose a language acquisition program that best meets the needs of their child.  District and school staff work collaboratively with parents in identifying the most appropriate placement and systems of support available for the child (Education Code 306).    Parents/guardians are informed of their child's placement in either Structured English Immersion Program (SEI) or a Mainstream English Language program.

IUSD schools in which parents/guardians of 30 students or more per school, or 20 students or more in any grade request an alternate language acquisition program designed to provide dual language instruction, are required to determine the feasibility for implementation of a program. IUSD allows students to transfer to a public school where programs are available through the intra-district transfer process. (Education Code 306)

 

Alternate Education Program - Dual Language Instruction

  • Parent/guardian requested placement.
  • Students receive daily ELD instruction.
  • Instruction in language arts, math, science, and social studies initially provided in the primary/target language.
  • Core content instruction in English. Art, music, and physical education is increasingly provided in English as students improve their level of English proficiency.