The English Learner (EL) Master Plan for the San Juan Unified School District guides the implementation of optimally-effective programs for English learners and ensures that these programs achieve the district's goals for ELs. These goals include attaining linguistic and academic proficiency. The master plan also serves to ensure that EL programs are consistent with state and federal law.
Identification of English Learners
All parents are required by California law to complete and sign a Home Language Survey. This form is part of the registration packet that is filled out when enrolling their students at San Juan Central Enrollment, and is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Persian, Russian and Ukrainian. If a language other than English is indicated on the Home Language Survey, students are assessed for English language proficiency using the English Language Proficiency Assessment of California (ELPAC).
Students are placed into academic programs based upon results of English proficiency as measured by the English Language Proficiency Assessment of California (ELPAC). Students who are less than reasonably fluent are placed in a structured English immersion setting while students who have reasonable English skills are enrolled in the mainstream programs.
English Learners in the district are provided intense instruction in English including Designated English Language Development (ELD) instruction and Integrated ELD. Teachers of English Learners are specially trained in methods and instructional strategies that promote rapid acquisition of English as well as academic knowledge in core subjects. All English learners are provided support and scaffolds so that they can meet the goal of becoming reclassified to fluent English proficiency within five years.
The English Language Proficiency Assessment of California (ELPAC) is administered annually during the spring. Parents are notified of the results by mail.
The San Juan Unified School District has developed criteria for reclassifying English Learners to Fluent English Proficient (FEP) status. Multiple measures of assessment are used including the English Language Proficiency Assessment of California (ELPAC) and the CAASP, teacher recommendation, and parent consultation. After a student is reclassified, his/her academic progress is monitored for four years.
English Language Development Standards K-12
The California English Language Development Standards for K-12th students are used to guide instruction ELD instruction. The goal of this instruction is English proficiency. Click this link ELD Standards to view the document from CDE California Department of Education.