• All English learners at HGCS participate in Sheltered English Immersion . This includes English Language Development (ELD) and teaching strategies differentiated for each student’s level of English language proficiency. Our adopted ELA/ELD materials in grades TK-8 support at least 30 minutes of designated ELD and integrated ELD throughout the day. In order to succeed academically in all core subjects, strategies are used to help each student reach proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. All classes have Sheltered English Immersion in place to support English learners according to their level of language proficiency.

    The California ELA/ELD Framework states that other students who are not identified as an English learner may also participate in ELD instruction if it is beneficial for them. However, the ELD instruction must be principally designed for the English learner at their proficiency level.  English learners with exceptional needs receive their English instructional settings through their Individual Educational Program (IEP). The IEP will reference how such program will support student’s English language development. HGCS offers the following English Language Development program approved by the state of California.

    Structured English Immersion (SEI) Program:

    A language acquisition program for English learners in which nearly all classroom instruction is provided in English, but with curriculum and a presentation designed for pupils who are learning English. At minimum, students are offered ELD and access to grade level academic subject matter content. All classrooms in HGCS are SEI, where English learners are receiving instruction in English with linguistic supports at their level of English proficiency. 


    Dear HGCS Families,
    We would like your input on our English Language Development programs here at Howard Gardner. Can you please take a moment and complete this survey? This will help us plan for future support program decisions.
    If you have any questions please contact Dr. Ilko at [email protected]