Programs & Options
- Extended Learning Program (ELP)
- Early Childhood: Pre-Kindergarten
- Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Dual immersion and bilingual programs provide two language groups - English and Spanish - with an opportunity to become bilingual and biliterate. The student’s first language is used to support the acquisition of their second; students learn to read, write and speak both languages. By using both languages equally, students stand strong, appreciating and bridging cultures while achieving academic success. Becoming proficient in both languages is recognized as a significant intellectual and cultural achievement which prepares students to be powerful contributors in our global society.
More than forty years of research consistently documents the power of language immersion programs to help students attain high levels of second language proficiency. No other type of instruction, short of living in a second language environment, is as successful. SLCSD offers Spanish language programs at several schools.
Dual language immersion offers a rich bilingual experience for young learners when their minds are developmentally best able to acquire a second language. Instruction is divided between two high quality, creative classrooms: one English, one Spanish. Students enjoy the advantage of two caring, qualified teachers.
The English-speaking teacher uses half of the instruction day to teach English language arts (reading, writing, and spelling) as well as other subjects of the curriculum (science, social studies, math, etc.) The Spanish-speaking teacher uses the other half of the day to teach Spanish Literacy, Math, and portions of social studies, art, science, music, P.E. and health topics from the grade-appropriate level of the Utah State Core Curriculum.
In class, the Spanish teacher speaks only in Spanish and communicates using a range of engaging strategies including pictures, songs, games, body language, expressions, drama, pantomime, etc. Children at this age are adept at picking up language in meaningful contexts. After a brief period at the beginning of the year, students too will speak only in Spanish during Spanish class.
Salt Lake City School District’s Extended Learning Program (ELP)
What is ELP?
Extended Learning Program services are provided to meet the needs of identified gifted/talented and high ability students. ELP services offer students the opportunity to engage in learning with greater depth, complexity, and rigor through differentiated curriculum and instruction. ELP coursework is extended beyond the general education classroom and is more abstract and complex, giving students greater depth of understanding. Skill development with higher order thinking skills in both critical and creative thinking is an important part of the students' experiences. Certified teachers with a Gifted and Talented Endorsement teach ELP classes.
The Extended Learning Program serves gifted/talented and high ability students in elementary and middle schools with two service models, Magnet ELP and Neighborhood ELP. Visit us on the ELP website for more information. Mountain View Elementary uses the Neighborhood model.
The Neighborhood Extended Learning Program (NELP) is in all Salt Lake City School District elementary and the following middle schools: Clayton, Glendale, Hillside, and Northwest.
Elementary Neighborhood ELP
NELP serves students in a pull-out program in grades 4-6 in a student’s neighborhood elementary school for up to 3 hours per week.
Students are found eligible for Elementary Neighborhood ELP through an assessment process.
All students in grades 4 and new-to-district grades 5 and 6 are assessed at their neighborhood school at the beginning of the school year.
The Extended Learning Program supports the mission of Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) to cultivate a love of learning in a diverse and inclusive school community, committed to educational excellence and integrity. In collaboration with families and community we hold high expectations for all students, respond effectively to individual needs, and provide a safe, healthy environment in which every student can learn the academic, problem-solving and social skills required for success in college, career, and life. The district has designed and implemented an Extended Learning Program to meet the cognitive and affective needs of identified gifted students. Through ELP, a continuum of program options provides a beneficial learning environment and curriculum designed to meet the needs of gifted/talented and high ability students.
Discovering Through Depth and Complexity
Depth: understanding a topic beyond surface knowledge. Depth encourages students to venture further, deeper, with greater elaboration, through quality of subject matter, rules and ethics, language, and patterns. It involves learning from:
Concrete to abstract
Familiar to unfamiliar
Known to unknown
Literal to symbolized
Complexity: understanding a topic with more abstract thinking. Complexity helps students make connections and identify relationships and associations between, within, and across subjects and disciplines. It focuses on:
Issues, problems, and themes
Extended Learning Program (ELP) testing Information
For information on the Elementary Magnet ELP testing, Click the below link..
IMPORTANT DATES FOR PREK FAMILIES
PreK classes begin Tuesday, September 6, 2022
- August 26, 2022- PreK instructors will call enrolled families to confirm virtual PreK orientation and visit day schedules.
- August 29, 2022- Virtual Orientation (PreK teacher will email a Zoom Link)
- August 30- Sept. 1- Family Visit day to meet PreK teachers (PreK teacher will confirm appointments)
- September 6, 2022- First day for PreK students
Families will receive a calendar of important dates during orientation.
The early years of a child’s life are crucial for optimal development and our classes provide early learning opportunities for families and their children from prenatal to age five. We believe that parents are their child’s first and most influential teacher and we partner with families to positively guide every child’s development. Our inclusive Early Childhood programs provide high-quality learning environments where children become independent, confident, lifelong learners with a strong sense of self. Families are encouraged to be actively involved in the programs through preschool orientation, family-teacher conferences, classroom volunteering, and family group connections.
AVID is a program designed to help underserved, first generation college–bound students with high academic potential participate in rigorous course work in preparation for entrance to colleges and universities. Students receive support through tutoring by trained tutors and a proven curriculum based on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading.