English Language Learners

When a student is enrolled in school, parents must complete a Primary Home Language Other Than English (PHLOTE) Home Language Survey that indicates a student's primary language.  If a student's primary language is not English, then the student is assessed to determine the student’s proficiency level in English. 

A student's English proficiency level is measured using the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA). If the results of the assessment indicate that the student is not proficient in English, then the student qualifies for placement in the English Language Learner (ELL) program. If a student tests proficient on the AZELLA, he or she will be placed in a mainstream classroom.


The Vision for English Language Learners

SVUSD's vision is to help ELL students learn English quickly and move into mainstream classes with the depth of English knowledge necessary for rigorous classwork.


What is a Structured English Immersion Classroom?

The Structured English Immersion (SEI) classroom is designed to teach English to students who are not proficient in the English language. The SEI classroom consists of:

  • English as the second language of instruction.

  • Student receiving 4 hours of instruction of English Language Development daily in reading, writing, listening, speaking and vocabulary, and grammar.

  • Materials in English.

  • Students grouped by language proficiency level.

  • Students taught by highly qualified teachers.

  • Students taught English at an accelerated rate.

     If students are receiving SEI in the mainstream classroom, an Individual Language Learner Plan is followed by a highly qualified SEI mainstream classroom teacher.


PHLOTE Home Language Survey English

PHLOTE Home Language Survey Spanish