Programs and Services
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
The GATE program supports high-achieving and underachieving pupils who are identified as gifted and talented. By state definition, gifted students are pupils who possess a capacity for excellence far beyond that of their chronological peers. This capacity includes many and varied characteristics that require modifications of curriculum and instruction. These modifications form the basis of gifted and talented educational services.
To learn more, visit the district's Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) page.
English Learner Programs
Structured English Immersion (SEI)
English Learners with lower levels of English proficiency are assigned to the SEI program. SEI provides instruction, textbooks, and materials mostly or only in English and includes sequential ELD instruction, access to core curriculum through SDAIE strategies, and--in select cases--primary language support. All district schools provide the SEI program.
Mainstream English Cluster (MEC)
This enriched English program is designed for English Learners who are at higher levels of English language proficiency. English Learners at or above the intermediate level of English language proficiency are assigned to the MEC program, unless they have been approved for bilingual placement. MEC provides instruction, textbooks, and materials in English only. Students are clustered in grade-level classrooms that include native and fluent speakers of English. English Learner students may remain in the program until all criteria have been met for reclassification as "fluent English proficient." All district schools provide the MEC program.
Volunteer-based Academic Programs
In addition to the standard district curriculum, students benefit from additional volunteer-based programs.
Everyone a Reader Volunteer Tutor Program
The Everyone A Reader volunteer program was created to fill an important need. Throughout San Diego County, some children experience difficulty learning to read. Often these children need special assistance and additional practice with reading. To meet this need the Everyone A Reader volunteer program was born.
The program trains college students from the University of San Diego, Mesa College, and members of the community with a passion for tutoring. These volunteers work one-on-one with first through third grade children. The children read books at their instructional level while trained tutors listen and assist the child in learning new reading strategies. For example, if the child is unsure what to do when coming across an unknown word, the tutor helps the child learn strategies to decode that word. The extra reading practice and strategies help the child become a better reader.
For more information, call (800) 711-READ or visit the Everyone a Reader Volunteer Tutor Program website.
Non-profit organization recruits and places volunteers to be weekly readers for disadvantaged children throughout San Diego County. Quarterly "book-give-aways" provide each child in the program with a free, quality,hard-bound book. Rolling Readers distributes a newsletter and conducts support meetings for volunteers. To get involved, call (619) 516-4095,extension 17. Visit the Rolling Readers website .
Reading is Fundamental
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. prepares and motivates children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most. Currently, 64 schools in the San Diego Unified School District participate. To learn more, visit the national Reading is Fundamental website.
Emerson-Bandini is one of more than 46 schools to participate in the Breakfast in the Classroom program. With Breakfast in the Classroom students start their day eating a nutritious breakfast, right at their desks to give them the boost they need to be ready to learn. Students become part of the program and are given the responsibility of picking up, serving, and cleaning up breakfast.
PrimeTime provides academic support and enrichment activities before and/or after school for students at the elementary and middle school level at 133 school sites. These services are available at no cost to participating families through the After School Education and Safety (ASES) state grant funds.
PrimeTime applications for the current school year are available at school sites in addition to this website: https://www.sandiegounified.org/primetime
Response To Intervention (RTI) Team formerly known as the Student Study Team
What is RTI?
Students are most successful where there is a strong spirit of cooperation between home and school. Based on shared responsibility, the RTI Team meets at school to explore possibilities and strategies that will best the educational and social/emotional needs of the individual student.