Instructional Programs for English Language Learners
When English language learners enroll in our schools, both a Home Language survey and an initial assessment of English language proficiency are given to determine each student's language proficiency level. In consultation with parents, program options are examined and a program placement is determined.
Programs to support English learners available in most of our schools are as follows:
Alternative Program - This program is available for students in kindergarten through third grade whose proficiency level in English is beginning, early intermediate, or intermediate (1, 2, or 3 on the CELDT). A parental exception waiver must be requested by parents and approved by the District for students to enroll in this program. Students are presented with academic content in their primary language (Spanish), while receiving a strong systematic English Language Development (ELD) program to acquire English. Each year, academic content is presented increasingly in English until the beginning of fourth grade when students transition into either a Structured English Immersion (SEI) Program or Mainstream English (ME) Program.
Structured English Immersion Program - This program is available for students in kindergarten through sixth grade whose proficiency level in English is beginning, early intermediate, or intermediate (1, 2, or 3 on the CELDT). It is also available for students at higher proficiency levels who were previously instructed in the Alternative Program and need continued primary language support. Nearly all academic content, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science, are presented in English. Up to 30% of the instructional day may be used to provide students with primary language support based upon individual needs.
Mainstream English Program - This program is available for students in kindergarten through sixth grade whose proficiency level is either early advanced or advanced (4 or 5 on the CELDT). All academic subject areas are taught in English. CLAD teachers are encouraged to team with BCLAD teachers to ensure that any necessary primary language support (no more than 30%) is provided to these students.
Language Academy - This program is a Dual Immersion Program (90/10) offered at Nestor Elementary School. The goal for this program is for students to build fluency and literacy in English and Spanish. This program is available for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
Newcomer Program - This program is currently available at some schools for students in third through sixth grade who are new to the United States whose proficiency level in English is beginning, early intermediate, or intermediate (1, 2, or 3 on the CELDT). The Newcomer Program is established to bridge the gap between newcomers' needs and regular language support programs. The objective of this program is to help students become aware of educational expectations and opportunities. It is designed to develop students' English language skills and to help them become accustomed to the SBUSD educational culture.
Assessment of Student Progress -- California English Language Development Test (CELDT) Assessment
The purpose of the CELDT is to identify new students to the district, who are English Learners in kindergarten through sixth grade, determine their level of English proficiency and to annually assess their progress toward becoming fluent English proficient. The CELDT covers four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing and is given within 30 calendar days of the student's enrollment.