A Profile of O.C.'s Bilingual Students

Fewer than 6 percent of Orange County's 137,000 students who speak limited English were reclassified as fluent this year. Rates varied among school districts and so did the ways the districts' students were taught.

A PROFILE OF O.C.’S BILINGUAL STUDENTS

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Fewer than 6 percent of Orange County’s 137,000 students who speak limited English were reclassified as fluent this year. Rates varied among school districts and so did the ways the districts’ students were taught.

Orange County Register

Wednesday, April 29, 1998.

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School Districts Limited English Students Percent of the district Percent classified as fluent Percent in English-only classes Learning with language aides Percent taught in native language *Other programs ?
Anaheim Elem. 12,186 60.5% 9.7% 62.4% 43.4% 0.0% 0.0%
Anaheim High 8,160 30.7% 8.3% 65.4% 10.0% 4.2% 20.5%
Brea-Olinda 675 11.3% 8.1% 59.8% 16.3% 0.0% 23.8%
Buena Park 1,759 58.9% 9.2% 43.8% 48.6% 3.5% 4.2%
Capistrano 5,109 12.7% 5.8% 30.9% 7.1% 18.8% 36.4%
Centralia 1,132 22.2% 14.5% 73.5% 0.0% 26.1% 0.0%
Cypress 495 10.4% 13.7% 96.8% 0.0% 0.0% 3.2%
Fountain Valley 552 9.0% 15.6% 42.4% 50.5% 0.0% 7.2%
Fullerton Elem. 3,656 29.8% 6.5% 66.1% 3.0% 14.1% 5.9%
Fullerton High 3,618 24.5% 5.6% 52.8% 12.9% 0.0% 34.3%
Garden Grove 22,015 48.1% 4.0% 31.8% 65.3% 2.9% 0.0%
Htngton Bch 479 7.5% 11.1% 73.3% 6.3% 9.0% 11.5%
Htngton Bch High 2,325 16.7% 2.3% 34.6% 9.7% 0.0% 55.9%
Irvine 2,335 10.1% 7.9% 98.9% 1.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Laguna 107 4.2% 14.0% 85.0% 4.7% 0.0% 10.3%
LaHabra 2,341 39.5 % 6.8% 22.6% 32.9% 41.7% 2.7%
Los Alamitos 187 2.2% 23.0% 74.9% 0.0% 0.0% 24.6%
Magnolia 2,526 41.2% 13.5% 34.5% 65.5% 0.0% 0.0%
Newport-Mesa 5,416 26.8% 4.2% 57.7% 19.2% 17.9% 5.1%
Ocean View 1,790 18.4% 8.8% 14.4% 61.3% 21.8% 1.8%
Orange 7,218 24.7% 6.5% 53.2% 21.9% 0.0% 26.5%
Placentia-Yrba Lnda 3,868 15.5% 3.2% 27.5% 30.9% 28.4% 13.4%
Saddleback Valley 2,161 6.5% 8.4% 40.1% 13.6% 5.3% 42.8%
Santa Ana 38,046 70.7% 3.7% 16.6% 25.8% 29.0% 28.8%
Savanna 607 25.9% 7.6% 96.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Tustin 4,436 29.0% 7.9% 43.9% 16.7% 0.0% 39.3%
Westminster 4,200 44.3% 7.2% 45.0% 53.8% 0.0% 1.2%
Total in O.C. 137,399 30.0% 5.9% 28.8% 31.4% 12.7% 16.8%

*Limited-English students withdrawn at their parents’ request, not receiving service or being taught by non-credentialed teachers.

Sources: 1998 R30-Language Census Reports



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