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logoThe vision of the Office of Language Acquisition is to Innovate teaching and learning, to Inspire English Learner and multilingual students to Imagine and realize their full personal, social, and academic potential to be contributing members of our ever changing diverse global society. 

The Office of Language Acquisition (OLA) is dedicated to serving the needs of English learners. OLA supports the district in providing English learners (ELs) with the full range of learning opportunities equivalent to those provided to native speakers of English. We are also committed to providing our English learners access to high quality K-12 educational programs designed to ensure they acquire full proficiency in English as rapidly and effectively as possible, in order to meet or exceed grade level standards for academic achievement in a timely manner.

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San Diego Unified and OLA recognize that being academically prepared and fully proficient in another language enhances and contributes to a student's ultimate achievement and quality of life. To that end, the district offers biliteracy program options that strengthen English learners' native language development and content knowledge while building social and academic English skills. In addition, the district offers World Language and Language Immersion Programs as a venue for native English speakers to become proficient in a second language.

The department also coordinates and provides assistance to parent committees, including school site-based English Learner Advisory Committees (ELAC), and the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), a district-level advisory committee made up of representatives from each school's ELAC.

Of the roughly 121,000 students in San Diego Unified, 24 percent – approximately 26,000 students – are designated as English learners. As a result of the focused efforts to accelerate the academic achievement of English learners, the district has increased the number of students reaching the San Diego Unified's criteria for Reclassified Fluent English Proficient from 2,300 students in 2007 to more than 3,900 students in 2012.

Furthermore, our reclassified English learners are currently outperforming the district as a whole on standardized measures of assessment. OLA encourages school communites to Imagine, Inspire and Innovate teaching and learning! 

Contact Us

Office of Language Acquisition
4100 Normal Street, Room #2009
San Diego, CA 92103

Phone: 619-725-7264
Fax: 619-686-6772
Email: ola@sandi.net