Fountain Valley School District (FVSD) serves approximately 6,200 kindergarten through eighth grade students. The seven elementary schools and three middle schools are located in the cities of Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach. English learners (ELs) account for approximately 10% of the student population. Within the EL population there are more than 35 different languages spoken. The majority of ELs speak Vietnamese, followed by Spanish and Arabic.
FVSD believes that effective, high quality EL services:
- Develop English language proficiency within five years.
- Provide equal access to all aspects of the core curriculum.
- Enable ELs to succeed academically and socially.
- Include daily instruction in English Language Development (ELD) and support during content area instruction through Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) strategies
- Value multilingual abilities and, whenever possible, encourage students to develop proficiency in more than one language.
- Acknowledge and appreciate the diversity of all languages and cultures.
- Welcomes and encourages parental involvement.
The FVSD Master Plan for ELs is tied to and based on:
- Federal law
- State laws and regulations
- District plans and policies
- Research-informed, proven instructional practices
The purpose of the EL program is to develop fluency in speaking, reading, and writing English in each student whose primary language is not English, enhance students’ self-esteem, promote cross-cultural understanding, and provide equal opportunity for academic achievement, including academic instruction through the primary language when necessary. Regular education classes and staff are included in the FVSD Master Plan for ELs to ensure the commitment of all personnel to provide the best possible educational services for ELs.
To ensure that ELs succeed academically
- Develop students’ English fluency in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
- Provide continuous and summative evaluation of the EL program and make revisions as necessary including EL guidelines for report card evaluation, promotion, and retention.
- Ensure that all ELs are provided instruction following District and State adopted English language arts, English Language Development (ELD), mathematics, social studies, and science standards.
To provide a quality EL program for all students
- Ensure equal access to the core curriculum to encourage academic success through Structured English Immersion (SEI), English Language Mainstream (ELM), or Alternative Bilingual programs.
To provide students acquiring English equal access to the core curriculum
- Group students within classrooms to provide appropriate differentiated instruction.
- Provide primary language support when feasible.
- Provide students with an effective program as they transition into English academic instruction.
- Provide instruction based upon District and State adopted standards.
- Provide appropriate materials to deliver instruction.
To provide students daily English Language Development (ELD) so they can acquire English fluency and literacy necessary for academic success.
- Provide staff development on effective ELD strategies and techniques.
- Provide continuous assessment of second language acquisition progress.
- Provide District adopted ELD materials for teachers and students.
To ensure that ELs receive educational services from properly qualified and credentialed staff.
- Employ Highly Qualified certificated and classified staff.
- Provide ongoing staff development options for certificated and classified staff.
To encourage parent participation and involvement in the education of their children.
- Establish clear communication channels between the District, home, and community.
- Provide parents with oral interpretation and written translation to ensure equal access to information according to State guidelines.
- Provide bilingual parents opportunities to become involved on school committees such as School Site Council (SSC), Parent Teacher Association/Organization (PTA/PTO), English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC), and District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC).