English Learners


English Learners in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District can take advantage of numerous programs including:

  • Structured English Immersion
  • Transitional Bilingual Education
  • Dual Immersion, K-12

The Structured English Immersion program provides support for students while learning English and studying in English.

Dual Immersion is an option for both English Learners and English-only and Fluent English Proficient students who want to study in both English and Spanish. The Dual Immersion program begins in kindergarten at Edison Language Academy and continues with specialized courses at John Adams Middle School and Santa Monica High School. Students who participate in the program throughout their educational career and demonstrate fluency in both English and Spanish are eligible to receive special recognition upon graduation.

Every English Learner is assessed upon entrance to the District and annually thereafter with the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Student performance in acquiring English is strong. Results are available at http://celdt.cde.ca.gov/.