English Learner


Structured English Immersion (SEI)  |  English Language Mainstream (ELM)  |  Alternative Program Option

Structured English Immersion (SEI)Go To Top of Page

Student Profile:
K-8 students who are placed in SEI have English proficiency at the beginning, early intermediate or intermediate level as determined using the California English Language Development Test (CELDT).

Program Definition:
In SEI, instruction is overwhelmingly in English. The curriculum and presentation are designed for students who are learning English. Whenever possible, students’ primary languages may be used to assist students in understanding the concepts being taught and to attend to the students’ emotional, social, and safety needs. Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) techniques are used to provide grade level academic instruction and access to the core curriculum. English Language Development (ELD) is an integral part of all instruction as well as being taught as a separate subject for a minimum of 30 minutes per day.

English Language Mainstream (ELM)Go To Top of Page

Student Profile:
K-8 students who are placed in ELM have English proficiency at the early advanced or advanced level as determined using the California English Language Development Test (CELDT).

Program Definition:
In ELM, instruction is overwhelmingly in English. The curriculum and presentation are designed for students who are close to mastering English. This program focuses on providing English language development in all subject areas, through targeted and differentiated instruction, in order to prepare students for redesignation as fluent proficient and recoup any core academic deficits that might have been acquired due to language barriers. SDAIE techniques are used to provide grade level academic instruction. The students' primary languages may also be used to support the students in their learning.

Alternative Program OptionGo To Top of Page

Student Profile
K-8 students who are placed in this program may be English learners who have English proficiency at any level. In order to participate in an alternative program option, there must be 20 students in one grade level who speak the same language who are receiving waivers.

Program Definition
In the alternative program for English learners, instruction in the core subject areas is in the students’ primary language by a teacher who is certificated in Bilingual Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development (BCLAD). English language development is an integral part of all instruction, as well as being taught as a separate subject. As the student becomes more proficient in English, he or she will transition to an English language program of instruction.