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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    Volleyball: Girls Varsity Tournament vs TBA (Home)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: September 23, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: TBA Comments: Jacket Invitational
    Water Polo: Girls Varsity Tournament vs TBA (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: September 23, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: Contra Costa College
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: TBA
    American University (pd 1)
    September 24, 2018
    10:00 am - 10:40 am
    CCC D-221
    Columbia College (pd. 4)
    September 24, 2018
    1:09 pm - 1:52 pm
    CCC D-221
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) (pd. 6)
    September 24, 2018
    2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
    CCC D-221
    Hockey: Girls Varsity Game vs Lick-Wilmerding (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: September 24, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Lick Wilmerding High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Lick-Wilmerding
    Water Polo: Girls Varsity Game vs San Marin (Home)
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: September 24, 2018 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: San Marin
    Water Polo: Girls JV Game vs San Marin (Home)
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: September 24, 2018 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: San Marin
    AHA Classes (pds. 1-2)
    September 25, 2018
    8:30 am - 10:40 am
    CCC D-221
    Vanderbilt University (pd. 4)
    September 25, 2018
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    CCC D-221
    Tennis: Girls All Levels Match vs Hayward (Away)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: September 25, 2018 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Hayward High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Hayward
    Volleyball: Girls Freshman Game vs San Leandro (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: September 25, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: San Leandro High - Main Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: San Leandro