Summary of language Programs:
The English Language Development program is the common program for all NUSD schools serving English Learners. In addition to this program, NUSD also offers a dual language immersion program in Spanish at Schilling Elementary and supports high school students to be awarded the Seal Seal of Biliteracy. Below is a description of each of these programs.
English Language Development
As students enroll in school, they are given a home language survey. In this survey, a parent may indicate that the student and family speak a language other than English at home. As a result of the survey, a new student will be given a language assessment. As a result of this assessment, a student may be identified as in need of English Language Development services. Below is an overview of these services.
Designated ELD - This is protected time during the day for multilingual learners to focus on the English Language Development Standards in a way that is in response to or in preparation for their other classes, such as English, Math, Social Studies, and Science. In schools with a high number of English Learners, we are supporting ELD using a program called SEAL. Please read more about SEAL here.
Integrated ELD - All classes and teachers are expected to integrate the English Language Development Standards and CCSS ELA/Literacy Standards into their planning and instruction. This ensures that all students are supported to read, analyze, discuss, and create a variety of texts.
Dual Language Immersion Program
The Dual Language Immersion Program at Schilling Elementary School started in the 2021-22 school year. There is instruction in both English and Spanish throughout the day. The goal of this program is to support students to be biliterate and bilingual, to have social-cultural competence, and attain a high degree of academic achievement. Please read more about the program here.
California State Seal of Biliteracy
The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) was established to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. Please read more information about SSB here.