English Learner Program

Morning Creek Elementary has two goals for all English learners: 1) Develop students’ English proficiency; and 2) Ensure students meet or exceed grade level academic standards. Students are expected to grow at least one English language proficiency level each year, as measured by the California English Language Development Test (CELDT).  The district expects English Learners to be reclassified to fluent English-proficient status within five years for students who enter the district at the “beginning” level.

Students are assigned to classrooms based on English language proficiency level.  Typically, students are clustered within classrooms to facilitate small group, differentiated instruction based upon student language needs. 

English Language Development (ELD)—Instructional Program

English learners receive concentrated instruction in the use of the English language that is appropriate for their grade and English language proficiency level. ELD instruction must be provided by a teacher with advanced training to help students increase their English proficiency and learn academic subjects taught in English.  All teachers at Morning Creek have advanced training to provide ELD instruction to students in their classrooms.

English Language Development (ELD) is built into all activities during the school day, and students receive focused ELD instruction to reach the next proficiency level.  This instruction is based on the California English Language Development (ELD) Standards.

Morning Creek provides in class and out-of-class support for students learning English.  We have an EL Instructional Assistant that works with students and supports teachers in meeting the needs of English Learners through oral language development.  The Instructional Assistant usually focuses her support with students at the Beginning and Early Intermediate levels. 

We also provide an EL-Impact Program that focuses on ELD and academic acceleration targeting oral language, reading and writing skills and strategies.  This intervention program is taught by a credentialed teacher with advanced training to provide ELD instruction.

California English Language Development Test (CELDT)

Any student who lives in a home where a language other than English is spoken must take the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) within 30 days of his/her first day of school to find out if the student is fluent and proficient in English or is an English Learner. The CELDT covers four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing in English. It is administered in grades K-12. The CELDT is then given each year to English Learners until they are reclassified as Fluent English Proficient (FEP). CELDT results show each student at one of five proficiency levels: Beginning, Early Intermediate, Intermediate, Early Advanced, or Advanced. The CELDT helps the district to monitor student progress in learning English and helps teachers understand students' instructional needs.  This test is based on the California ELD Standards.

Parent Involvement and Support

There are many ways parents can help their children learn English.  Helping in the classroom and being members of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) are two very important ways.  Also, attending English Learning Advisory Committee meetings during the school year.  Additionally, there are websites you can use at home to help students learn and practice their English on the computer are www.starfall.com and

In addition, Morning Creek is developing an EL Ambassador Program to support parents new to the United States.  This program connects new families to families that speak their language and are familiar with the education system in Poway Unified.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Parent meetings are held 3-4 times a year to discuss the English Learner Program at Morning Creek.  If parents have specific concerns about their child’s progress, they are encouraged to meet with the classroom teacher to discuss their questions. 

ACRONYMS Related to the English Learner Program

CELDT: California English Language Development Test
ELL: English Language Learner            
EL: English Learner
ELD: English Language Development
ELAC: English Learner Advisory Committee
DELAC: District English Learner Advisory Committee
FEP: Fluent English Proficient
LEP: Limited-English Proficient
OPL: Overall Proficiency Level