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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do ELD, LEP, and FEP stand for?

ELD stands for English Language Development, LEP stands for Limited English Proficient, and FEP stands for Fluent English Proficient. All ELD students are also Limited English Proficient (LEP) until they reclassify. After reclassification, the student is considered Fluent English Proficient (FEP).

To learn more about reclassification, see number 5.

2. What programs for English Learners are offered at Suzanne Middle School?
Currently, Suzanne offers English Language Development classes (ELD) to beginning, intermediate, and early advanced level students. Free after school tutoring is available to all English learners from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday.

Bilingual aides are available to assist English learners in core classes and also offer tutoring during both lunches.

3. How is my son/daughter placed in an ELD class?

Placement in an ELD class is based on the California English Language Development Test (CELDT), a writing sample, and teacher recommendation.

4. What is the CELDT?

The CELDT stands for California English Language Development Test. All Limited English Proficient (LEP) students are required to take this test in the Fall. The CELDT results are as follows:

B      =     Beginning   

EI     =     Early Intermediate   

I       =     Intermediate   
EA   =     Early Advanced   

A     =      Advanced   

5. How can my son/daughter reclassify?

In order to reclassify, your son/daughter needs:
  • A CELDT score of EA or A with no sub-test score below I
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • A spontaneous writing sample that demonstrates the student's writing abilities
6. What can I do at home?
  • Check your child's homework. 
  • Encourage your child to tell you what he/she did in school that day.
  • Send your child to after-school tutoring. Don't hire a tutor that will give additional work.
  • Encourage English speaking activities (friends, TV, books, etc.).
7. Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

Ms. Soto is happy to answer any questions that you might have.

Phone: 909-594-1730