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EL Department Policy

CWCS English Learner Department Policy

Together EL’s Achieve More


 

 

It is important to understand the purpose of our English Learner policies in order to help parents understand our rationale for the policies set forth at Connecting Waters Charter School. This section explains the

“Why” and “What” of our English Learner Policies.

 

The California Department of Education has set forth goals for all EL students in the state of California. Those goals are to:

  • Ensure that English learners acquire full proficiency in English as rapidly and effectively as possible and attain parity with native speakers of English.
  • Ensure that English learners, within a reasonable period of time, achieve the same rigorous grade-level academic standards that are expected of all students.

In addition, Connecting Waters Charter Schools are accountable to meet goals as set forth by our LEA, LCAP, and Title III Plans. Our Mission at Connecting Waters Charter School states that we are a collaborative educational community promoting academic excellence in preparing students for college and career while providing individualized public education through challenging, unique, and varied learning. To this extent, the policies set forth for our English Learner students are established to meet our goals and fulfill our mission with integrity, purpose, and excellence. Below are the following expectations for ALL English Learner students enrolled in Connecting Waters Charter School.

Tk-3rd Grade

  • All TK-3rd grade EL students enroll in a school approved ELA Course
  • All TK-3rd grade EL students enroll in Education City, which is part of their required English Language Development (ELD) program. This program is completed via a computer aided instructional (CAI) program 2 days per week 30 minutes per day
  • All TK-3rd Must follow RTI Policy for both Math and ELA
  • All TK-2nd grade ELA Tier 3 students will have an integrated intensive course using Early Reading Tutor Curriculum. This means that for ELA, students will not need to sign up for any other reading intervention course as Early Reading Tutor meets the RTI policy requirement for ELA
  • All 3rd grade Tier 3 students are highly encouraged to enroll in one of our Developmental Online Programs for their ELA and Math intensive.
  • ALL TK-3rd grade EL students are highly encouraged to complete concepts and skills review.
  • Attending any other classes in the community will not excuse students from completing requirements above per school policy
  • Courses can meet 2 to 4 days per week. See Schedule
  • All students are  required to take CELDT/ELPAC

4th-8th Grade

  • All 4th – 8th grade EL students will enroll in a school approved ELA Course
  • All 4th – 8th grade EL students will enroll in grade level Escalate Intensive. Escalate will cover requirements for ELA intensive according to CWCS RTI Policy.
  • All 4th – 8th Must follow RTI policy for ELA and Math
  • All 4th – 8th grade  EL students are highly encouraged to enroll in on our 3 Days per week grade level math courses
  • All 4th – 8th grade EL students are encouraged to complete concepts and skills review 
  • Attending any other classes in the community will not excuse students from completing requirements above per school policy.
  • Courses can meet 2 to 4 days per week. See Schedule
  • All students are  required to take CELDT/ELPAC

9th- 12th Grade

  • All 9th- 12th grade EL students will enroll in a school approved ELA Course.
  • All 9th – 12th grade EL students will enroll in English 3D Intensive. English 3D will cover requirements for ELA intensive and High School Intensive according to CWCS RTI Policy.
  • All 9th – 12th Must follow RTI policy for ELA and Math
  • All 9th – 12th EL students are highly encouraged to enroll in on our 3 Days per week Algebra 1 class if the student places in this course.
  • All 9th – 12th grade EL students are encouraged to complete concepts and skills review 
  • All 9th-12th grade are highly encouraged to take A-G ELA courses
  • Attending any other classes in the community will not excuse students from completing requirements above per school policy.
  • Courses can meet 2 to 4 days per week. See Schedule
  • All students are  required to take CELDT/ELPAC

What do I sign my student up for?

ELA Course

ELD

Intensive Course

Math

TK-2nd

Yes All

Online 3 days grade level ELA

Coordinator will sign student for Education City

No

Incorporated in ELA Course

ES will work with parents for proper grade level placement

3rd  

Yes All

Online 3 days grade level ELA

Coordinator will sign student for Education City

Yes for Tier 3

Developmental Reading Highly Encouraged, but Can take any of our RTI options

ES will work with parents for proper grade level placement

4th-8th

Yes All

Online 3 days and some options at CWLC 2 days grade level ELA

**No

Incorporated in ELA and Escalate courses

Yes All

Grade Level Escalate Courses Online

Highly Recommend to take 2-3 days per week grade level course to increase math achievement

9th-12th

YES All

Online 3 Days grade level ELA

 

**No

Incorporated in ELA and English 3D Courses

Yes All

Grade Level English 3D Courses Online

Highly Recommend to take 3 days per week for Algebra 1 to increase math achievement

 

*Please contact EL Coordinator for Newcomers or students who need additional ELD assistance.