Assessment and Placement Process
When you go to the school to enroll your child, you’ll be asked to complete a
Home Language Survey. This brief questionnaire asks four simple questions:
If the answer to all of these questions is English, your
child will be classified as a Fluent English Proficient student and be enrolled
in mainstream classes.
However, if the answer to any of these questions is a language other than
English, you will proceed to:
Your child will be referred to the Language Assessment Center (map), where he or
she will take the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). This
standardized test measures your child’s proficiency in listening, speaking,
reading and writing in English.
Based on these results, your child will be classified in one of five levels:
Beginning (level 1), Early Intermediate (level 2), Intermediate (level 3), Early
Advanced (level 4), or Advanced (level 5).
Children classified as level 4 or higher are designated as Fluent
English Proficient. If this is the case with your child, you will be notified
and informed of his or her test results and given program options.
However, if your child's CELDT score is classified between levels 1 and 3
(Beginner, Early Intermediate, Intermediate), you will proceed to:
If your child’s CELDT scores are between levels 1 and 3, he or she will need
to have a Primary Language Assessment done. This test measures your child’s
proficiency in his or her primary language.
This test, combined with the CELDT, will allow us to better understand your
child’s needs and make appropriate program recommendations. Once all test
results are in, we will proceed to:
Once we've reviewed your child’s test results, our staff will meet with you
personally to share the results and inform you of the instructional programs
that are available to your child.
Your child will be placed in one of four programs based on our
recommendations and your input: Structured English Immersion, Mainstream, Bilingual Education, or Two-Way Immersion.