Fresno is one of the most diverse cities in the state, if not the nation. For generations, people from throughout the world have come to Fresno, seeking opportunity within our city or the vast agricultural fields that surround it.
It's only natural that Fresno Unified would reflect this diversity. In fact, Fresno Unified is home to over 40,000 students whose primary language is not English. Approximately 17,000 are classified as English Learners. While Spanish is the predominant language among our English Learners, there are approximately 59 other languages represented in our District.
The mission of the Department of English Learners Services is to provide schools with quality instructional support, guidance, and direction to improve instruction for English Learners and ensure their academic success. This entails the implementation of proven, research-based instructional strategies that are utilized in conjunction with district adopted resources to meet the academic needs of English Learners based on individually assessed needs. In addition to guiding academic instruction, English Learner Services supports the productive engagement and involvement of parents of English Learners as critical partners in the success of our students. This support includes the establishment of functioning English Learner Advisory Committees (ELAC) and the creation of a welcoming environment for English Learners and their families.
Vision for English Learner Success
All English Learners in the Fresno Unified School District receive rigorous, equitable, and engaging instruction in a supportive culture of learning with high expectations. The cultural and linguistic assets of English Learners are valued, maintained, and protected to promote bilingualism, bi-literacy, and bi-culturalism. In partnership with the families and community members, Fresno Unified School District graduates all English Learners college- and career-ready with the widest array of post-secondary options that prepare them to be productive, global-minded citizens.
Sandra Toscano Assistant Superintendent English Learner Services