California State law, Education Code Section 300 - 340, requires all school districts to survey which languages are spoken in the home of newly enrolling students. Each student who comes from a home where a language other than English is spoken is assessed with the English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC). The ELPAC measures the student’s level of English language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Language Designation and Program of Instruction:
You will be notified of the results which determine your child’s language designation either English Learner, Fluent English Proficient, or Reclassified Fluent English Proficient. For TK/K through 5th grade English Learners are placed in either Mainstream English classrooms or the Dual Language Program. For grades 6th – 12th English Learners receive an English Language Development (ELD) course as part of their core instruction.
English Language Development:
All English Learner students in any one of the following program options receive specially designed learning opportunities for acquiring English. ELD is provided both at a designated instructional time and integrated throughout the school day. EL students receive ELD according to their English proficiency level until reclassified to Fluent English Proficient.
English Language Mainstream:
is anoption for students who are gaining fluency in oral English but do not meet the minimum proficiency requirements in reading, writing and mathematics in English for their grade level. In this program, your child is placed in a regular classroom. Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies are taught in English. English Language Development (ELD) and SDAIE (Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English) strategies are used as needed, determined by the teacher. Supplemental intervention using the home language is provided based on the student’s individual academic need.
Dual Language Immersion:
is an enriched bilingual program offered to provide instruction in Spanish and English to students whose parent chooses it. Parents of English Learner students, at all levels of proficiency in English, and at any time of enrollment may request this option for their child. In this program, the core subjects are taught in both languages with the objective that the students become bilingual and bi-literate. The same state content standards, materials, and CAASPP assessments are used as in the regular classes. English Language Development is provided as part of the alternative program core curriculum and measured annually using the ELPAC.
Our program follows the 90:10 model in which the percent of instruction initially in kindergarten is greater in Spanish and gradually decreases to 50:50.
**Annual Assessment of Progress in English**
EL students are tested annually for their progress towards becoming fluent English proficient in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing using the ELPAC until they meet the criteria and are reclassified to Fluent English Proficient (R-FEP).
Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee:
We encourage your participation in your school’s English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) that meets to review programs and advise the school administration on services for bilingual students. We encourage your participation. Please contact the school office and become involved.
If you have any questions regarding program options, your child’s placement, or the English Learner Advisory Committee, please contact the school office and ask to speak to the Hispanic Liaison or Bilingual Coordinator.
Bishop Elementary (760) 872-1278
Home Street(760) 872-1381 Middle School
Bishop High School(760) 873-4275
Palisades Glacier(760) 938-2001 High School
Bilingual Coordinator, Teresa Eckland 872-1278 Ext. 2555
Hispanic Liaison, Nancy Hagopian 872-1278 Ext. 2536