The ELD Program
ELD stands for English Language Development. (These services are formerly known as ELL - English Language Learners or ESL - English as a Second Language.) Our English Language Development (ELD) Program aims to improve the English skills of students, especially those who are learning English as a second language. Students are identified for this program based upon the home language survey information in the registration form, and the results from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT).Our ELD program empowers students, helping them to communicate in English more effectively in both written and oral forms, as well as improving their comprehension and listening abilities. ELD instruction prepares students with an academic foundation that contributes to lasting student achievement.
ELD teachers use various second language acquisition strategies to develop English vocabulary and comprehension skills. All instruction in the ELD classroom is conducted in English. Students in the ELD Program have access to the same grade level core curriculum and textbooks that mainstream students receive. ELD students participate in all of the same school activities as their grade level peers in the regular program. In addition, ELD students have the same opportunities to participate in special education or Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programs provided by the district.
The major goals for English Learners are to develop fluency in English and proficiency in the District's core curriculum as rapidly and as effectively as possible in an established Engish Language classroom or in an alternate course of study with curriculum designed for such students.
Established criteria ensures that these students have overcome language barriers, have recouped any academic deficits incurred in other areas of the curriculum, and can demonstrate English Language proficiency comparable to that of the school district's average native and primary English language speakers.
Melodee Smith – ELD Teacher / Maestra/ELD advisor
Zach Snow – ELD Teacher / Maestro
Paola Vargas– Assistant Principal / Subdirector
Tracy Rosenthal – Counselor / Consejera
Ana Medina – Bilingual ELD Facilitator / Facilitadora Bilingüe para los estudiantes y padres ELD, 805.497.7264 ext. 1212 or firstname.lastname@example.org