Educational Services: English Learners Program

English Learner Program

Welcome to the CUSD English Learner Program

The Claremont Unified School District is committed to the academic achievement of all students. This webpage has been created to assist parents and teachers by providing access to information relevant to English Learners and English language acquisition.

Basic Program Information

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Identification & Qualification

Upon initial enrollment into a public California school all parents/guardians are required to complete a Home Language Survey (HLS). If questions one through three are answered with any language other than English the student will be assessed for English proficiency.

Federal and state laws mandate a state test be given to determine English proficiency. The student will be administered the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) or CELDT scores will be requested from the previous district. The CELDT is a comprehensive assessment tool, given in English, which covers listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Upon receipt of preliminary test results the student will be determined to be initial Fluent English Proficient (FEP) or an English Language Learner (EL).

Students who score an overall proficiency of Early Advanced or Advanced will be considered Fluent English Proficient (FEP). These students are placed into the district’s regular program without additional support or any further assessments.

Students who score an overall proficiency of Beginning, Early Intermediate, or Intermediate qualify for the English Learner Program. An instructional program setting will be assigned based on overall language proficiency.

Structured English Immersion (SEI) Instructional Program Setting

The district program provides instruction overwhelmingly in English and includes state standards-based ELD instruction and language arts with primary language support as needed. Teachers who are specially trained and authorized in effective teaching strategies teach core subjects using district adopted textbooks and supplementary materials. The program is offered to English learners having less than reasonable English proficiency.

English Language Mainstream (ELM) Instructional Program Setting

The district program provides instruction in English only with native English speakers, and is based on grade-level state standards. Students continue to receive additional and appropriate ELD instruction and effective SDAIE teaching strategies from trained and authorized teachers in order to meet the requirements to be reclassified as fluent English proficient (FEP). This program is for students with reasonable proficiency.

All EL students will continue to be assessed annually with the CELDT to measure growth in English until they are reclassified as fluent English Proficient.


English Language Development Instruction in the Classroom

Students are assigned to highly qualified teachers, who hold the appropriate credential to instruct English Language Learners. The certificated teacher differentiates the curriculum to meet the needs of their EL students.

Teachers employ a variety of best practices to insure student learning. The following are some instructional strategies that may be used:

  • Graphic organizers
  • Total Physical Response (TPR)
  • Demonstration and visual aids
  • English Language Development lessons (ELD)
  • Listening Comprehension Activities
  • Language Experience Approach (LEA)
  • Role Playing

Through these strategies, students gain equal access to the curriculum, which leads to academic success.

ELD Standards

The English-Language Development (ELD) standards are designed to supplement the English-language arts content standards to ensure that Kindergarten through Grade Twelve limited-English proficient (LEP) students develop proficiency in both the English language, concepts, and skills contained in the English-Language Arts content standards. The standards are designed to assist teachers in moving English Learners to fluency in English and proficiency in the English Language Arts content standards.


The over all goal of our program is to produce fluent English proficient students who possess the required English language skills necessary to receive instruction and achieve academic success in English, at a level equivalent to students of the same age or grade whose primary language is English. The reclassification criteria and process play a critical role in ensuring that EL students exit from the English Learner program only when they are ready to perform successfully in an English-only environment. Administrator, teacher, and parent recommendation is necessary to begin considering a student for the Reclassification process.

English Learner students in grades 3rd-12th will be considered for reclassification to Fluent English Proficient based on the following Reclassification Criteria:

  • Overall CELDT score: Early Advanced or Advanced, including all sub scores at upper Intermediate, Early Advanced, or Advanced
  • Grades of 2, D or better in all core academic areas
  • California State Standards Test: Basic with a score of 300
  • Parent or guardian opinion and consultation

Parents will be notified when their student has been selected for reclassification to Fluent English Proficient (RFEP), by written communication, giving them the opportunity to review the student’s performance and provide input on the Reclassification decision.

Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) students receive follow-up monitoring for a minimum of two years after reclassification. RFEP students may not be reclassified back to English Learner status.

Advisory Committees

The Claremont Unified School District strongly supports the involvement of all parents, including those parents of English Learners, in the educational process of their children.

Parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s school sites’ English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). Each participating school site holds a minimum of two general sessions per school year. This functioning body advises the school site on programs and services for English Language Learners.

By participating on your child’s school sites’ ELAC, you have the opportunity to serve as a committee member of our District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). This district level committee consists of parents, teachers, administrators, and district personnel who are interested in becoming knowledgeable about and more involved with the English Learner program.

This page was last updated February 16, 2012

For further information contact:

Julie Olesniewicz, Ed. D.

Director, Educational Services

170 W San Jose Ave, Atrium Level

Claremont, CA 91711

Telephone: (909) 398-0609 x.74006

Roberta Mercer, Categorical Programs

Telephone: (909) 398-0609 x.74502