CUSD ELD Program Options

  • English Language Mainstream (ELM): A classroom setting for English learners in which they are immersed in English. In addition to ELD instruction, English learners continue to receive personalized services in order to support success in other areas of the core curriculum.

    Structured English Immersion (SEI) Program in Grades 6-8: A language acquisition program for English learners in which nearly all classroom instruction is provided in English. In addition to grade level academic subject matter content, teachers use strategies and materials designed for pupils who are learning English. English Learners in Grades 6-8 may be enrolled in an English Language Development course to learn and practice skills that will support success in other academic courses.

    Alternative Program - Mandarin Immersion: A language acquisition program that provides language learning and academic instruction in English and in Mandarin with the goals of high academic achievement, language proficiency in English and Mandarin, and cross-cultural understanding. This program begins in Kindergarten and continues through eighth grade. Students enter this program via a lottery process. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit the CUSD website or the school website for information about information meetings/tours.

    Parents/Guardians may choose a language acquisition program that best suits their child. Education Code also specifies that schools in which the parents or legal guardians of 30 pupils or more per school, or the parents or legal guardians of 20 pupils or more in any grade request a language acquisition program that is designed to provide language instruction shall be required to offer such a program to the extent possible.

    A Note About Special Education - Students with IEPs: If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), his or her program placement and services will contribute to meeting English Language Development goals. Please contact your child’s case manager or school principal if you have questions about how his or her IEP supports progress towards proficiency in English.