The District is committed to providing language learning opportunities and options that
Build on student strengths, recognizing that home language and culture are valued resources that contribute to academic success;
Recognize academic knowledge transfers across languages providing access to learning both the core curriculum, and developing proficiency in the language(s) of instruction;
Include rigorous, research-based academic English language development instruction for all students;
Promote multicultural understanding and appreciation of cultural and linguistic diversity.
The District will make these language learning opportunities available to all students through a variety of articulated K-12 pathways. The research-based program options include:
Language Immersion/Dual Language Immersion Programs
World language programs and courses: Beginning in grade seven, all students will be provided with access to World language courses aligned with the University of California a-g requirements
Language Enrichment programs, such as:
International Baccalaureate (IB), Primary Years
Foreign Language in the Elementary School
Extended Day Programs
The District will ensure that all language programs:
are staffed with highly qualified, certificated personnel,
provide access to technology as a tool for teaching and learning
utilize assessments that appropriately measure student progress toward program goal.
The District will align and dedicate resources to support professional development that ensures that all teachers are supported in researching, developing, and sharing rigorous, engaging, and culturally relevant curriculum, and to enhance effective instructional methods for the successful implementation of all language programs.
-Board Policy F-2599 adopted August 4, 2009