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K-12 English Learner Program


The program for K-12 English Learners (EL) focuses on helping EL students to become proficient in English and achieve academic success in the regular curriculum offered to all students.

Each school site has an English Language Development (ELD) Advisor who helps to facilitate the EL Program. Parents of English Learners are encouraged to become involved in the school site English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). As a part of enrollment, students who speak a language other than English are assessed both in English and their primary language through our English Learner Services Department. Parents are informed of the results and a recommendation is made for placement in one of the following programs:

Structured English Immersion (SEI): Students in this program are in the process of acquiring the English language. Classroom instruction is in English and a minimum of primary language support can be used. EL students are provided English Language Development (ELD) and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE).

Mainstream: Students in this program are demonstrating reasonable fluency in English.  Classroom instruction is in English and EL students are provided ELD and SDAIE.

Alternative: Students in this program participate in the Two-Way Immersion Program (TWI). Parents must request a waiver out of the standard programs, SEI and mainstream, to enroll in the Spanish and English bilingual program or the Mandarin Immersion Program. Space is limited.

All EL students are reassessed annually to measure their progress in English and to determine placement for the next school year. Once a student demonstrates fluency in English under several criteria, the student exits the EL Program as Fluent English Proficient.

For more information, call our English Learner Services Department at (949) 234-9226 or visit the website at:


Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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