Classification of English Learners
Your child is classified as an English Learner (EL) if:
1. When you filled out the “Home Language Survey” on the SFUSD Enrollment Application, you answered at least one of the following questions with a language other than English:
- What language did your child first learn when s/he began to talk?
- What language do you use most frequently to speak with your child?
- What language does your child use most frequently at home?
- At Transitional Kindergarten (TK), Kindergarten or first grade, your child did not receive an overall score of 4 or 5 on the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) the first time he/she took the test or received an overall score of 4 or 5 but had a sub-score that was below 3 in either the listening or speaking section.
- At grades two and above, your child did not receive an overall score of 4 or 5 on the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) or received an overall score of 4 or 5, but had one or more sub-scores below 3.
3. Or your child has not yet been reclassified as an English proficient student by SFUSD.
If the Home Language Survey indicates that only English is spoken in the home, a teacher may request that a student be assessed using the CELDT if the teacher is concerned that the student may have English language acquisition challenges. If the student does not score a 4 or 5 on the CELDT, he/she will be classified as an English Learner.
As English Learners, students must receive services and are eligible for
programs until they are reclassified as English proficient students.
To maximize English Learner access to a quality education, SFUSD provides
- Dual Language Pathway
- Biliteracy Pathway
- Secondary Dual Language Pathway
- World Language Pathway
- English Plus Pathway
- Newcomer Pathway
We encourage parents and guardians to learn more about how each pathway can help English Learners academically succeed.
2017-18 English Learner Program Guide
Filipino Biliteracy Bicultural Pathway
San Francisco Unified School District invites families of incoming kindergarten students to enroll in the enhanced Filipino Biliteracy Bicultural Pathway at Bessie Carmichael School and Longfellow Elementary School. See the details: