Santa Cruz City Schools offers a range of services to English Language Learners and their families.

Our programs work to ensure that all English Learners are provided with an English Language Development program and make one year of growth in ELD each year, as measured by the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). All English Learners are provided with access to the core curriculum. They have access to the same coursework, materials and instruction as other students and the instructional program and method of instruction should ensure that they comprehend the instruction and make progress toward grade level proficiency in both English and other core content areas (math, science, and social studies).

Initial Identification of English Learners

All students who answer with a language other than English on questions 1-3 on the Home Language Survey (HLS) are automatically considered English Learners until a different designation is established through assessments such as the state mandated 'CELDT' (California English Language Development Test).

Ensuring Proper Placement

At both the elementary and secondary level, students' scores on the CELDT (and other factors) are taken into consideration in order to ensure that students are placed in the appropriate level of English Language Development (ELD) class.

Monitoring of EL Progress

All English Learners are monitored for progress toward achievement of proficiency in English and in other content areas. Progress is monitored through assessment and the Language Review Team to monitor the progress of every English Learner.

Contact Information

Academic Equity & Categorical Programs Eric Gross, Director 429-3410 ext 242