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English Acquisition Program

The goal of Tolleson Union High School District’s language program is to develop English language skills to the level of proficiency, using Structured English Immersion models, where students can function in an all-English academic environment and achieve their goals of graduation from high school and success in the future.

Structured English Immersion (SEI) Program

If students receive composite scores that are below the Proficient Level on the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) state assessment, we place them in the Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) program.

The objective of the SEI classroom is to teach specific identified skills within the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) appropriate for the English proficiency levels of the students in the class. We divide instruction within the block into four time allocations, focusing on oral English/conversation, reading, writing, and grammar, with instruction driven by each particular domain as aligned to ELPS and English Language Arts Standards.

Parents play a key role in their children’s education. We inform parents of all available instructional services and contact them when we determine a need for their student’s successful academic achievement.

The English Acquisition Program understands that success is driven by teamwork. To that end, our staff is committed to building relationships between program staff, teachers, students, parents, and the communities we serve. As a team, we will help students achieve English proficiency, graduate from high school, and prepare for success in college and/or career training.

English Acquisition Program Contacts

Robin York
English Acquisition Program Coordinator
(623) 478.4025

Claudia Ornelas
Admin. Assistant, English Acquisition Program
(623) 478.4029

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