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Program Options

Program Options for English Learners

Structured English Immersion (SEI) Program
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Entry Criteria:  
This program is for English Learners (ELs) who have an overall score of Intermediate (3) or lower on the California English Language Development Test (CELDT), or who have an overall score of Early Advanced (4), but score at the Intermediate (3) level or lower on more than one subtest (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing).

Supplementary Criteria:
In addition, ELs may be placed in SEI if they meet one or more of these criteria:
^  score grade equivalent 7.9 or below on a standard reading test 
^  score at the Intermediate or Early Advanced level on a writing sample
^  are recommended for SEI by the English Language Development (ELD) Department

Program Description:

  • Students receive ELD instruction in at least two periods per day in ELD classes by an appropriately certified ELD teacher.
  • Core content instruction is provided through Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) by a teacher with EL Authorization.
  • ELs may be re-enrolled in the SEI program for more than one year.
  • All classes count toward meeting district graduation course requirements; some classes count for University of California/California State University course requirements.

Program Materials:
District-adopted ELD materials.

 

English Language Mainstream Program

Entry Criteria:
This program is for ELs who have an overall score of Early Advanced or higher on the CELDT with no more than two subtests (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing) at the Intermediate (3) level.
 

Supplementary Criteria:  
In addition, ELs placed in the English Language Mainstream Program may meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • score grade equivalent 8.0 or higher on a standardized reading test
  • score at the Advanced level on a writing sample
  • are recommended for the English Language Mainstream Program by the English Language Development (ELD) Department
  • have been mainstreamed in a previous district

Program Description:

  • EL students enrolled in a mainstream English class receive appropriate ELD and English Language Arts (ELA) standards and are taught by teachers with an EL Authorization.  
  • Core content instruction is provided through Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) by a teacher with EL Authorization.
  • All classes count toward meeting district graduation requirements; some classes count for University of California/California State University course require

Program Materials:
District-adopted English curriculum materials

 

Alternative Bilingual Program

Entry Criteria:
For ELs whose parents each year submit a written Waiver Request for an Alternative Bilingual Program.*

Program Description:

  • The Alternative Bilingual Program is offered at school sites where there are twenty Waiver Requests for one primary language at one grade level from that site.
  • Instruction in at least two core content classes is provided in the primary language.
  • ELD instruction is provided in either an ELD class or a mainstream English class by a teacher with EL Authorization.
  • All classes count toward meeting district graduation course requirements; some classes count for University of California/California State University course requirements.

Program Materials:
District-adopted alternative program materials.

 

Optional Five-Year Program for ELD 1-2 Students

The Optional Five-Year Program is available to English Learners (ELs) who enter the San Mateo Union High School District as ninth graders with no English proficiency and with significant gaps in their academic preparation.  These students will have the option of taking two years to complete 9th grade.

 

*Parents who want to submit a waiver must come to the school personally, request the waiver form and complete it. All waivers are reviewed. Parents are informed of the waiver decision within 20 calendar days. They have the right to appeal a waiver denial through the District's Uniform Complaint Procedures.