The Saratoga School District’s Master Plan for English Language Learners is a result of collaboration with and commitment to all members of the school community. The plan provides for compliance with laws regulations regarding English Learners and also serves as a roadmap to provide equity and opportunity for all students. Our goal is for all students to leave the Saratoga Elementary School District with the academic and social skills and experiences that equip them to succeed in the global environment of the 21st century. It is our responsibility to meet this goal and to prepare our students for the challenges they will face.
The plan also focuses on professional development necessary to assist teachers and staff to work effectively with a diverse student population. In the SUSD, all certificated staff (teachers) are required to have an English Language Learner authorization or hold a CLAD (Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development) credential.
The district’s Master Plan for English Language Learners is based on state and federal laws, district board policies, research, pedagogy, and practice and will be reviewed and revised as necessary.
The new California English Language Development (ELD) Standards are designed and intended to be used in tandem with other academic content standards to support English Language (EL) students in mainstream academic content classrooms.
For more information or questions regarding English Language Learners, please contact Roberta Zarea, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.