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English Learners

Parents of English learners are invited to a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 starting at 10:15am.

English Learner Coordinator Mrs. Romero will discuss the different instructional programs available for English learners, ranging from programs for students who are just starting to learn English to those who already have some English fluency.

Zoom link

Download flyer: ⬇ English  ⬇ Spanish

For questions, email Mrs. Romero

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The English Learner programs at Palms Middle School are based on the programs and policies of the LAUSD Multilingual and Multicultural Education Department. The goals of these programs are to:

  • Provide appropriate services to students for whom English is not a native language.
  • Help English Learners meet performance criteria to reach full proficiency in English within 5 years.
  • Help all students, including English Learners, participate fully in college-preparatory (A-G) courses and graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
  • Provide full access to programs for gifted and talented students or students with disabilities, regardless of language status.

Moving from English Leaner (EL) status to English Proficiency (EP) status is called reclassification and reflects a student's readiness to succeed academically without English language development (ELD) support.

Five LAUSD EL programs are available, as shown in the chart below. Counselors and parents work together to identify the best program for each student. Annual evaluations, including the California English Language Development Test and Standards-based Test in Spanish, assess each student's progress toward EP on a scale from ELD 1 to ELD 5. English Language Development Intervention classes are available for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students requiring additional assistance. The English Learner program is directed by the English Learners (EL) Coordinator and the English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).

Mobile phone users: The chart below looks best if you turn your phone sideways.

LAUSD English Learner Programs (Middle School and High School)

EL means "English Learner". EP means "English Proficient".

English Learner Programs
Instructional program Taught in For these students Notable feature
Secondary English Learner Newcomer Program English EL students who have been enrolled in U.S. schools for fewer than 2 years and are beginning to learn English Help learning U.S. school culture
Accelerated Learning Program for Long Term English Learners (LTEL) English Students who have been EL for 5 years or more and have not yet been reclassified as EP Accelerated instruction and socio-emotinoatl support toward reclassification as EP
Dual Language Two-Way Immersion Program English and the student's primary language EL and EP students who were in dual-language programs in grades K-6 2 or 3 periods each day taught in the primary language
Mainstream English Program English EL and English proficient students with reasonable fluency An emphasis on academic English
Structured English Immersion (SEI) Program English Students beginning to learn English Academics taught in English with primary language only as needed


For complete details see the downloads below.


Mrs. Romero, English Learner Coordinator