At a Glance
The San Mateo County Office of Education and our county's 23 local school districts are committed to ensuring and continuously improving the quality of learning and achievement for all students. This page spotlights Jefferson High School's work to support English learners.
The History of Parkway Heights’ EL Program
According to the California Department of Education, an English learner (EL) is a K-12 student who is working toward developing enough English language proficiency to fully engage in the regular school program.
In the 2014–15 school year, there were approximately 1.392 million English learners in California public schools, which constitutes 22.3% of total enrollment. At Parkway Heights Middle School in South San Francisco Unified School District, 26% of students are English language learners. Four years ago, that number was larger, with 44% of the student population classified as English learners.
The goal of many English learner programs is to support students as they acquire full English proficiency as rapidly and efficiently as possible. About ten years ago, administrators at Parkway and their colleagues at the district office prioritized the goal of better serving their English learner population. School leaders worked with district officials to make adjustments to the master schedule, collect and analyze data, and improve community engagement. They have been seeing gradual improvements in the years since.