ADDITIONAL FACTS FOR PARENTS
Why did my child take the ELPAC test?
When you enrolled your child in one of our schools, you indicated on the Home Language Survey that a language other than English is spoken in your home. We are required by law to administer the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) to students who have a language other than English, based on their Home Language Survey. (See the section on “Initial Identification.”)
What language(s) should bilingual parents speak to their children at home?
We recommend that you speak the language you speak best. Children need to hear language used proficiently for a variety of purposes. Of course, you are welcome to speak more than one language in your home – children CAN tell the difference between the two languages. We want students who are bilingual (speak and understand two – or more – languages) and biliterate (read and write in two – or more – languages). Therefore, we recommend that you continue using your home language and encourage your children to continue to develop proficiency in both languages. Any support you provide in your home language will actually assist your children in learning English because language skills transfer from one language to another.
Does the district offer English classes for parents?
Yes. We offer free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at a variety of levels through our district Adult Education Program. Adults can also earn a high school diploma or GED certificate through the Adult Education Program. There are also a variety of enrichment classes offered through our Adult Education Program, generally for a small fee.
How does the district determine which school my child will attend?
Students are assigned to a particular school based on where they live. When students are enrolled in our schools, parents must provide proof of residency. Because the state has limits on the number of students who may be in a class at some grade levels, it is possible that a particular grade at the neighborhood school may be “closed” and the students will be sent to a different school.
How does the school determine the correct grade level for my child?
Students are placed in the grade that is appropriate for their age.
Are parents required to pay for their child’s schooling?
No. All services provided to students through any program during the regular school day (English learner program services, regular education program services, and special education program services) are provided for free. Of course, there may be fees for school-sponsored programs outside of the regular school day (sports programs, after-school enrichment classes, etc.).