English Language Newcomer

Lead Teachers: Marcela Taylor

The English Learner (EL) Newcomer Program offers courses to students whose first language is not English and who are recent immigrants. Students are placed in the according to their CELDT (California English Language Development Test) scores. New students are tested and evaluated according to state law and then are scheduled into appropriate
courses by recommendation of the Newcomer Program and counselors.

According to the BUSD Board of Education-approved EL Master Plan, ELs who are “less than reasonably fluent” (beginning to intermediate on the CELDT) must be in a Structured English Immersion program (SEI). This includes an individualized combination of ELD and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) classes. Also, teachers are trained to work with students from non-English speaking backgrounds (through the Constructing Meaning and Systematic ELD). The unique
needs of these ELs are met by the use of instructional methods and materials designed to increase English proficiency
in listening, speaking, reading and writing, and in academic language. Moreover, it is the practice of the Newcomer Program to illustrate to every student and family that the primary language and culture of each student is highly respected and valued. Primary language development for Spanish speakers or heritage speakers of Spanish in the Native Speakers Spanish class or AP Spanish Language or Literature is offered. The Newcomer Program also monitors and supports ELs who have mainstreamed into one of the six Learning Communities at BHS.

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    Black Girls Rise
    November 20, 2018
    3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
    Room D218
    Basketball: Boys F/S Foundation Game vs El Camino (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: November 20, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: El Cerrito High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: El Camino
    Basketball: Boys JV Foundation Game vs El Cerrito (Away)
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: November 20, 2018 - 5:30 pm
    Location: El Cerrito High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: El Cerrito
    Basketball: Boys Varsity Foundation Game vs El Cerrito (Away)
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: November 20, 2018 - 7:00 pm
    Location: El Cerrito High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: El Cerrito
    Open Gym Basketball (Jacket Gym)
    November 21, 2018
    11:30 am - 12:20 pm
    Jacket Gym
    Friday Music (Courtyard)
    November 23, 2018
    11:20 am - 12:20 pm
    Courtyard
    Dreamer Project (CCC)
    November 23, 2018
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    CCC
    Basketball: Girls Freshman Game vs Skyline (Home)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: November 24, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Skyline
    Basketball: Girls JV Game vs Salesian (Home)
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: November 24, 2018 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Salesian
    Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs Skyline (Home)
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: November 24, 2018 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Skyline
    Soccer: Boys JV Scrimmage vs Oakland Technical (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: November 26, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Oakland Tech High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Oakland Technical
    BSEP Committee: Library
    November 26, 2018
    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm