The Sequoia English Language Development department believes the diversity of cultures in our school and community strengthens and enriches our society. Our department provides a program for our English Learners that develops proficiency in English as rapidly and effectively as possible while building the linguistic and cultural skills necessary to achieve the students' educational goals.
Our ELD program delivers focused instruction utilizing research-based interactive strategies specifically designed for English learners. We emphasize communication-based instruction and support through the integration of 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. Instructional materials are chosen with the goal of achieving fluency as quickly as possible. All ELD teachers hold LDS or CLAD certificates.
California requires all parents to complete a home language survey when they register their children for school. The survey asks:
What language did this student learn when first beginning to talk?
What language do you use most frequently to speak to this student?
What language does this student most frequently use at home?
What language is most often spoken by the adults at home?
If your answer to the first three questions on the survey is a
language other than English, your child's English proficiency will be
By law, students will be given the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) and placed in classes according to their English Proficiency level.
There are four levels of ELPAC English Proficiency:
What type of Instruction and Support do English Learners Receive?
English Learners (ELs) with beginning, somewhat developed and moderately developed skills with less than 5 years in U.S. public schools are placed in our our English Language Development (ELD ) classes and in Limited English Proficiency (LEP) content area classes.
Each year parents of English learners are elected to the English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) to represent the needs of English Learners at Sequoia. This group meets monthly to learn about Sequoia events, make recommendations to the principal and the Sequoia site council and promote school policies that enhance the educational opportunities of the Sequoia English Learners. The Sequoia annual Single Plan for Student Achievement incorporates parent advice regarding the English Learner Program and use of targeted funds.
In addition, an Early College Outreach Parent program meets for six or more sessions to education parents on the expectations, goals, graduation requirements, university requirements and scholarship opportunities. Check the Sequoia calendar for dates and times of these meetings.