General Education Programs for English Learners and Immigrant Students

Newcomers Program – Structured English Immersion (SEI)

The primary focus of the Newcomer/SEI Program is the rapid and effective acquisition of reasonable English fluency and the foundational academic language and literacy skills critical to student academic success. (California Education Code Section 300; 400)

  • Recommended placement for students at the Emerging and Expanding levels of English proficiency. 
  • 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)
  • 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)

Mainstream Classroom with Appropriate Support

  • Recommended placement for students at the Expanding and Bridging levels of English proficiency. 
  • 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 shall be informed of the appropriate program placement of their child in either Structured English Immersion Program (SEI) or a Mainstream English Language program. Parents have the right to request a Parental Exception Waiver for the Alternative Dual Language Instruction model. Request forms can be obtained in the office at your school site. (Education Code 310; 5CCR 11303)

Grades 1-12 Intersession Opportunity Programs for English Learner and Immigrant Students

  • Intersession Opportunity Programs provide:
    • Various learning designs and options for English Learners and immigrant students:
    • High-quality comprehensive educational programs that help to “close the gap” created by the disruption to student learning;
    • A transitional program for immigrant students (Grades 9-12) who are “off cycle” from the IUSD academic year.
  • Extended Learning Summer Programs are available for academic language and literacy skill development as well as credit recovery.

 

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