Advisor: Karen Kostrencich
310-378-8471 Ext. 244
The Palos Verdes High School English Language Development program is individualized and has evolved based on the needs of the PVHS student population. We offer ELD 1, 2 and 3 with a low (5:1) student-teacher ratio. All levels are two hour blocks that focus on reading and writing strategies using Longman’s Keystone series and Focus on Grammar texts with companion CD and audio, as well as the Thesys Blackboard Blended Online Learning Program. In addition, listening, speaking, and writing skills will be developed throughout the courses. ELD 3 would also include literature selections from the English 1 curriculum.
EL students are monitored for grades on a quarterly basis to provide support as needed in a timely manner. PVHS provides ELL’s a school environment which fosters physical and emotional security, encourages community involvement, and focuses a school climate that creates opportunities for student engagement.
ELL’s are also monitored on a monthly basis to ensure that their reading fluency and comprehension are at or above grade level. Students that are not reading at grade level, or progressing with their peers, are offered several reading intervention programs and time from their non-academic courses to receive supplemental instruction aimed to raise reading fluency and comprehension.
Fluent-English Proficient students are fully included in a grade level, college preparation program, based upon the belief that English learning students at this level are best served by a pull-out/push-in supplemental support program in general education classes. English Language Learners (ELL) are supported in general education courses by qualified teachers, using proven instructional strategies with the support of the ELD coordinator. The ELD coordinator is a credentialed English/CTEL teacher that serves as a liaison, communicating with the teachers, students and parents in order to provide additional support in academic classes.