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English Language Learners Program

English Language Learner Program 

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English Language Learner Program 

The Carlmont English Language Learner Program believes the diversity of cultures in our school and community strengthens and enriches our society. Our program provides English Learner classes that develop proficiency in English as rapidly and effectively as possible while building the linguistic and cultural skills necessary to achieve the student's educational goals. The program design for English Learners supports students receiving the systematic instruction needed to reach full academic proficiency in English as rapidly as possible. English Learners are also provided with a full spectrum of courses that meet graduation requirements and prepare students for post-secondary educational opportunities. English Learners (ELs) entering the Sequoia Union High School District from elementary school districts are registered through the same process as all students.

Recently immigrated EL students who score an Initial ELPAC score at the "Novice EL" or "Intermediate EL" levels are placed in two courses, English Language Arts (ELA) and English Language Development (ELD), to accelerate English acquisition. Our ELD program delivers focused instruction utilizing research-based interactive strategies specifically designed for English learners. We emphasize communication-based instruction and support by integrating listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities.

Students in our program are enrolled in two periods of English instruction based on California ELA and ELD standards. Through each semester of ELA, students earn five credits of English credit toward graduation, and through ELD, students earn five elective credits each semester. 

As with all 9th and 10th graders in the general program, ELs who qualify will have a support class for English.

All EL students have advocates in the Bilingual Resource Teacher, Mrs. Lord, and the EL Counselor, Matt Ledesma. Mrs. Lord and Mr. Ledesma work directly with students and families to help resolve any challenges during the year. If there are any questions or concerns about your child's progress, please find one or both to support you in resolving your difficulties.
Name (click on name to email)   Phone
Lord, Jennifer Bilingual Resource Teacher  30018
Ledesma, Matthew English Language Learner Counselor 30088