Of the 8300 plus students in the district, approximately 1200 students, about 14.5% of our students, are English learners. More than twenty languages, other than English, are spoken as a primary home language by our English learners. Our students are provided with instruction by a highly qualified certificated staff in which 97% have the certification to teach English learners. The district also provides bilingual instructional support for students that are at the beginning and early intermediate levels of English proficiency.
The district follows state of California guidelines to identify students as English learners. Any student who lives in a home where a language other than English is spoken must take the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) within 30 days of his/her first date of enrollment in school to determine their level of English proficiency and fluency. Students are identified as English learners, or initially fluent English proficient, primarily based on this initial assessment (which also includes primary language assessment). The CELDT is then administered each year to English learners until they are reclassified as fluent English proficient. CELDT results establish one of five proficiency levels for each student: Beginning, Early Intermediate, Intermediate, Early Advanced, or Advanced. The CELDT is used for district, state, and federal accountability to monitor student progress in learning English and also serves as a key tool for student placement and to help teachers diagnose students" instructional needs.
English Learner Programs
The Beaumont Unified School District offers several programs for students who are English learners. In every program, English learners receive instruction in the use of the English language that is appropriate for their grade and English language proficiency level. Such instruction must be provided by a teacher with advanced training in special strategies to help students increase their English proficiency and learn academic subjects taught in English. Our programs include:
Dual Immersion (DI) Program is currently located at Palm Elementary School. The district is examining the expansion of the program to San Gorgonio Middle School. As we continue to grow as a global community, being bilingual, biliterate and bicultural places our students at a greater advantage. This program affords students the ability to learn both the Spanish and English languages in a proficient manner. Students who enter in Kindergarten become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural by the time they are promoted from 5th grade. In Kindergarten the students are instructed 90% in Spanish and 10% in English. Each year, they increase the amount of English instruction by 10%. By the time students are in the fourth grade, they are instructed 50% of their day in English and 50% of their day in Spanish.
Structured English Immersion (SEI) is offered at all sites and designed for English learners at the lower levels of English proficiency (Beginning, Early Intermediate and Intermediate). SEI students are often clustered and purposefully placed according to English language proficiency level in grade-level classrooms that include both native and fluent English speakers. SEI teachers provide daily English language development instruction and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE). Bilingual instructional aide support is often provided to assist students in accessing the core curriculum.
English Language Mainstream (ELM) is offered at all sites and designed for English learners who possess “reasonable fluency” in English (equivalent to high Intermediate, Early Advanced and Advanced levels on CELDT). Mainstream classrooms allow for modified grade-appropriate core instruction conducted exclusively in English. ELM teachers provide daily English language development instruction and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE).
Instructional Support for English Learners
The Instructional Support Services (ISS) division provides support for staff, students and parents to meet the needs of our English Learners. The ISS department, in cooperation with central office staff, manage program requirements and compliance, and provides direct classroom assistance to improve teaching and learning. Some services provided by the department includes:
- Designing and supporting implementation of instructional programs for English Learners.
- Designing and supporting implementation of English Language Development instruction and courses K-12.
- Providing on-site technical support for EL compliance — State and Federal requirements, and procedures.
- Assisting with site English Learner program articulation and placement.
- Assist in coordinating system-wide supports to improve achievement of ELs.
- Assist with implementation of Dual Immersion (DI) program.
- Designing, delivering, and monitoring professional development for teachers.
- Coordinate procurement of resources and materials for the EL Program.
The department also coordinates and provides assistance to parent committees, including school site-based English Learner Advisory Committees (ELAC), and the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), a district-level advisory committee made up of representatives from each school’s ELAC.