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EL Department Policy

CWCS English Learner Department Policy

Together EL’s Achieve More

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With the purpose in mind of advancing our English Learner students and providing the supports to help them be competitive with their "Never EL Peers",  we will continue the implementation of the EL program, refining it to include more rigorous ELD in math and ELA. 

The California Department of Education has set forth goals for all EL students. 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 and LCAP Plans. Our Mission at Connecting Waters Charter Schools 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 Schools.

Minimum Level of Support:

Tk-12 Grade

  • All TK-12th grade EL students must enroll in a 3-day per week school provided grade-level ELA Course and a grade-level school provided math course until the student passes Algebra 1.   (2021 courses (PDF))   
  • All TK-12th Grade EL Students must follow RTI Policy for both Math and ELA.
  • All TK-2nd grade students will use iReady in math and reading for a minimum of 45 minutes per week per subject to meet their designated ELD support. 
  • All 3rd-12th grade EL students will enroll in their grade level Designated Support English Class. Designated English Language Development is a legal requirement that this course provides.  These Designated Support Classes provide designated time during the school day to provide scaffolding and support in students’ core assignments.   
  • Attending any other classes in the community will not excuse students from completing requirements above per school policy.
  • All students are required to take the ELPAC.