English Learners Office
We want to make sure all our students -- regardless of how well they speak, read, and write in English -- can participate fully in their classroom. Their academic success should be on par with native speakers, and we help them prepare for various opportunities after high school.
- Lau Plan for English Learners
- Lau Plan translations: Spanish | Arabic | French | Chinese | Nepali | Japanese
Classrooms and goals
Our EL teachers build language with pictures, tactile objects, and hands-on activities. Vocabulary and grammar lessons help students connect to a real-world context. They are flexibly grouped based on needs, abilities, and interests. Every lesson should include cooperative activities that allow students to use and practice their newly acquired English skills. The teachers listen to what the students are trying to communicate and then provide chances to expand their language skills. We aim to:
- Help students to communicate and function in the English language and U.S. culture;
- Develop a plan for each student to address their language and academic needs;
- Promote recognition, understanding, and acceptance of individuality and cultural diversity;
- Provide broad instruction in content-area classes to meet grade-promotion and graduation standards;
- Teach listening, speaking, reading and writing, and cultural understanding so that students can participate in the school's mainstream activities; and
- Promote parental and community involvement.