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Language Pathways

Descriptions and Eligibility Requirements

1. Dual Language Pathways
  • Dual Language Learner Pre-Kindergarten
  • K-5 Elementary Dual Language Immersion (DLI)
  • K-8 Alice Fong Yu Chinese Immersion Pilot Program
2. Biliteracy Pathways
3. Secondary Dual Language Pathways
4. Newcomer Pathways
5. World Language Pathways
6. English Plus Pathways

1. DUAL LANGUAGE PATHWAYS

Dual Language Learner Pre-Kindergarten

Students Served

  • English Learners
  • Bilingual students
  • English proficient students

Language Instruction
70% of the time in Cantonese and 80% of the time in Spanish.

Pathway Eligibility
All students are eligible regardless of language proficiency.

 

Language

Schools with Dual Language Learner Pre-Kindergarten

CANTONESE

  • ER Taylor Elementary PK
  • Las Americas Early Education School at Moscone
  • Noriega Early Education School
  • Commodore Stockton Early Education School

SPANISH

  • Bret Harte Elementary School        
  • Bryant Elementary School
  • César Chávez Elementary School 
  • Fairmount Elementary School        
  • Las Americas Early Education School at Moscone
  • Paul Revere Elementary School

K-5 Elementary Dual Language Immersion (DLI) 

Students Served

  • English Learners
  • Bilingual students
  • English proficient students

Language Instruction

Start with 80% instruction in pathway language in K and decrease to 50% by 5th grade.

Pathway Eligibility

Based on DLI research, district will assign an appropriate balance of students who are proficient in the pathway language (2/3 to 1/2) and students who have not demonstrated proficiency in the pathway language (1/3 to 1/2). To demonstrate proficiency, students who indicate a language other than English on the home language survey are assessed in the respective pathway language.

 

Language

K-5 and K-8 Schools with Dual Language Immersion Pathway

CANTONESE

  • Chinese Immersion School at De Avila
  • Garfield
  • West Portal

KOREAN

  • Claire Lilienthal

MANDARIN

  • Starr King
  • Jose Ortega
SPANISH
  • Alvarado
  • Bret Harte
  • Buena Vista Horace Mann
  • Daniel Webster   
  • Fairmount
  • Leonard R. Flynn
  • Marshall
  • Monroe
  • Paul Revere

K-8 Alice Fong Yu Chinese Immersion Pilot Program

Students Served

  • English Learners
  • English proficient students

Language Instruction
Start with 80% instruction in pathway language in K and decrease to 50% by 5th grade.

Pathway Eligibility
The pilot implements a program that evaluates an alternative student ratio between 1/3 and 2/3 of English Learners and 2/3 and 1/3 of English proficient students.

 

Language

School with K-8 Immersion Pilot Program

CANTONESE (includes one course in Mandarin in grades 6-8)

  • Alice Fong Yu K-8

2. BILITERACY PATHWAYS

K-5 Elementary Biliteracy

Students Served

  • English Learners
  • Bilingual students

Language Instruction

Instruction similar to DLI but designed for potential ELs who are native speakers of pathway language.

Pathway Eligibility   

  • Students applying for grades K or 1 whose home language is one of the respective pathway language.
  • Students in grades 2-5 who are currently not in DLI or Biliteracy must be assessed and demonstrate grade level proficiency in the respective pathway language.

 

Language

K-5 Schools with Biliteracy Pathway        

CANTONESE 

  • E.R. Taylor
  • Moscone
  • Lau
  • Hillcrest
  • Parker 
  • Chin (K-2)
  • Monroe
  • Spring Valley
  • Sutro
  • Ulloa
  • Visitacion Valley 

SPANISH 

  • Bryant
  • Chavez
  • Cleveland
  • E.R. Taylor
  • Moscone
  • Glen Park
  • Guadalupe 
  • Hillcrest
  • Muir
  • Junipero Serra
  • Longfellow
  • Sanchez
  • Spring Valley

3. SECONDARY DUAL LANGUAGE PATHWAYS

6-12 Secondary Dual Language (SDL)

Students Served

  • English Learners
  • Bilingual students
  • English proficient students

Language Instruction
DLI and Biliteracy merge starting in middle school and students take 2 academic courses in the pathway language.

Pathway Eligibility   
• Students who demonstrate grade level proficiency in the pathway language assessment given at the EPC.

 

Language

Schools with 6-10 Secondary Dual Language Pathway

CANTONESE (includes one course in Mandarin) 

  • Herbert Hoover MS (6-8)
  • Marina MS (6-8)
  • Roosevelt MS (6-8)
  • Alice Fong Yu K-8 Immersion Pilot (6-8)
  • Galileo HS (9-10)

KOREAN 

  • Claire Lilienthal K-8 

MANDARIN 

  • Aptos MS (6-8)
  • Lincoln HS (9-10)

SPANISH 

  • Buena Vista Horace Mann (6-8)
  • Everett MS (6-8)
  • Herbert Hoover MS (6-8)
  • James Lick MS (6-8)
  • Paul Revere (6-8)
  • John O’Connell HS (9-10)

 

4. NEWCOMER PATHWAYS

K-5 Elementary Newcomer
 

Students Served

  • English Learners

Language Instruction
Instruction in the native language with 60 minutes of Designated ELD.

Pathway Eligibility

Newly arrived to the US (Emerging Level).

 

Language

Schools with K-5 Elementary Newcomer Pathway

CANTONESE

  • Chinese Education Center (CEC)

SPANISH

  • Mission Education Center (MEC)

 

6-8 Middle School Newcomer

Students Served

  • English Learners

Language Instruction

Sheltered content instruction with 45-90 minutes of designated ELD.

Pathway Eligibility

Newly arrived to the US (Emerging Level)

 

Language

Schools with 6-8 Middle School Newcomer Pathway

ALL LANGUAGES

  • Everett (6-8)
  • Francisco (6-8)
  • Marina (6-8)
  • Visitacion Valley (6-8)

 

9-12 High School Newcomer

Students Served

  • English Learners

Language Instruction

Sheltered content instruction with 45-90 minutes of designated ELD.

Pathway Eligibility

Newly arrived to the US (Emerging Level).

 

Language

Schools with 9-12 High School Newcomer Pathway


CHINESE
SPANISH
ALL LANGUAGES
  • San Francisco International HS

ALL LANGUAGES

  • Balboa HS (9-10)
  • Galileo HS
  • Lincoln HS
  • Marshall HS
  • Mission HS
  • Washington HS

 


5. WORLD LANGUAGE PATHWAYS

K-5 Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES)

Students Served

  • All students

Language Instruction

30 – 60 minutes of language and cultural enrichment (3-5 days/week).

Pathway Eligibility

All students are eligible regardless of language proficiency.

 

Language

Schools with K-5 FLES Pathway

FILIPINO

  • Bessie Carmichael (K-5)
  • Longfellow

ITALIAN

  • Clarendon

JAPANESE *

  • Clarendon **
  • Rosa Parks ***

 

* For each Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP), in order to support peer language modeling, the district will assign an appropriate balance of students who are proficient in the Japanese language (10 out of the 44 seats) and students who have not demonstrated proficiency in the Japanese language (34 out of the 44 seats). To demonstrate proficiency, students who indicate Japanese on the home language survey are assessed in the respective pathway language

** At Clarendon Elementary, the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program provides authentic language instruction and cultural experiences through Japanese bilingual teachers who implement grade-appropriate lesson plans aligned with state standards and the core curriculum.

*** At Rosa Parks Elementary, the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program provides authentic language instruction and cultural experiences through native Japanese-speaking instructors (Sensei) who work with the classroom teachers to implement grade-appropriate lesson plans aligned with state standards and the core curriculum.

6-8 Middle School World Language

Students Served

  • All students

Language Instruction

45 – 55 minutes language and culture elective course (5 days/ week).

Pathway Eligibility

All students are eligible regardless of language proficiency.

 

Language

Schools with 6-8 Middle School World Language Pathway

JAPANESE

  • Presidio MS

MANDARIN

  • Aptos MS
  • Roosevelt MS

SPANISH

  • Brown MS
  • Lick MS
  • Marina MS
  • Presidio MS

 

9-12 High School World Language

Students Served

  • All students

Language Instruction

Students are required to complete two years or 20 credits of a World Language, or demonstrate proficiency using one of the methods listed in this manual, to graduate from high school.

Admission to UC/CSU requires two years (three years recommended) of study in the same World Language. Students should take the language sequentially without skipping a year between courses.

 

School

Languages

Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

• Italian, Spanish*

Balboa

• Filipino, French, Mandarin* & Spanish*

Burton

• French, Mandarin* & Spanish

Downtown

• Spanish

Galileo

• French, Mandarin* & Spanish*

Independence

•Cantonese & Spanish

June Jordan

• Spanish*

Lincoln

• French, Japanese*, Mandarin* & Spanish*

Lowell

• French*, Hebrew, Italian*, Japanese*, Korean*, Latin*, Mandarin* & Spanish**

Marshall

• Mandarin* & Spanish*

Mission

• Mandarin*, Spanish**, Arabic

O’Connell

• Spanish*

The Academy @ McAteer

• Spanish*

Wallenberg

• Mandarin* & Spanish*

Washington

• French, Japanese*, Mandarin* & Spanish*

Wells

• Spanish

 

* Indicate languages that span to the 4th year or AP level
** Spanish Language and Culture and Spanish Literature courses

6. ENGLISH PLUS PATHWAYS

TK-12 English Plus Pathway

Students Served

  • All students

Language Instruction

Sheltered content instruction with 30 minutes of designated ELD.

Pathway Eligibility   

All students are eligible regardless of language proficiency.

 

Schools

Available at all school sites, except whole school dual language sites (Buena Vista Horace Mann, CIS at De Avila, Fairmount, Marshall, and Alice Fong Yu) and whole school newcomer sites (Chinese Education Center and Mission Education Center).

 

Rationale for Dual Language Immersion Pathway Cohort Capacities

Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Pathway (JBBP) at Presidio

Read the Language Assessment section more information.

Language

CANTONESE

SPANISH

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