Special Programs at CRPUSD

University Elementary at La Fiesta:

The mission of our school is to establish, expand, and sustain an environment that is safe and enables every student to attain a high level of academic achievement as determined by state and national standards. Students are empowered to become active, curious, creative, and effective thinkers through hands-on experiential learning opportunities and project-based learning. Our school is committed to delivering a support system, inclusive to English Learner needs, to assure these outcomes.

Richard Crane Elementary: 

Richard Crane is a magnet year round elementary school. We are focused on meeting the unique needs of every child. We establish practices that support the learning of the whole child to enable students to reach their learning potential. Through project based learning (PBL) and experiential activities, students explore the real world by thinking critically, collaborating, creating and communicating their understanding through a variety of methods

Technology High School:

Technology High School is a science, technology, engineering, and math focused college preparatory magnet school. Our vision is to develop critical and creative thinking skills within students in a small learning community environment. Key program components include: project-based and applied learning, integrated and thematic instruction and teamwork. In its short history, the school has been selected as a California Distinguished School every year of eligibility, recognized as one of the best high schools in America by the U.S. News and World Report and a Magna Award winner by the American School Board Journal. Technology High School was named 2021 National Blue Ribbon School in the category for Exemplary High Performing School. 

Phoenix (high school):

Phoenix is a small school environment within the comprehensive High School. The primary goal of Phoenix High School is to provide a supportive social structure along with academic interventions aimed at keeping students on target for graduation, while preparing them for their future career and college aspirations. Additionally, the staff is there to support their emotional needs. Being located on the Rancho Cotate campus means Phoenix students are able to take any course RCHS offers for advanced and enriched study such as upper level math and science, or honors level English and History courses and Phoenix students have access to all RCHS elective courses such as Visual and Performing Arts, Business and Media, World Languages, Career Technical, or Physical Education. Students meeting all graduation requirements will receive a diploma from Rancho Cotate High School.


El Camino High School:

El Camino High School uses an innovative, blended learning education model to provide students with the best education possible. Online curriculum is combined with face-to-face instruction for a school experience that fits the needs of each student.  This program is designed to support students in need of credit recovery. Class sizes are smaller which allows teachers to provide differentiated instruction. It is focused on encouraging students to make 180° transformations to get back on track for graduation.

Expeditionary Learning (middle school):

Expeditionary Learning is a program for students in 6th - 8th grades. It offers an exciting curriculum that combines traditional classroom content and skills with real-world problem solving and expeditions outside of the classroom. Connecting academics and real-world expeditions, ExL encourages students to reach their full potential by cultivating intellectual growth, character, and confidence. Our students strive for academic excellence; work both independently and in teams; create innovative solutions to real-world problems; develop environmental, cultural, and social awareness; and engage in conservation and community service projects. 

Virtual Learning Academy (all grades):

The CRPUSD Virtual Learning Academy is an Independent Study program designed for students and families who want a flexible program that maximizes choice. It is open to any TK – 12th grade student who wants their education primarily via online. It provides choice, flexibility, personalized learning, online and on-site activities, and certified teachers.

English Learner Program:

Choosing a Language Acquisition Program


Parents or guardians may choose a language acquisition program that best suits their

child (EC Section 310). Language acquisition programs are educational programs

designed to ensure English acquisition occurs as rapidly and effectively as possible.

They provide instruction to English learners based on the state-adopted academic

content standards, including English language development (ELD) standards (20 U.S.C.

Section 6312[e][3][A][iii],[v]); EC Section 306[c]).


Language Acquisition Programs Offered

We are required to offer, at a minimum, a Structured English Immersion (SEI)

program option (EC Section 305[a][2]).


  • Structured English Immersion (SEI) Program: A language acquisition program for English learners in which the district in accordance with The California Code of Regulations section 11309,  is designed using evidence-based research and includes both Designated and Integrated English Language Development; is allocated sufficient resources by the local educational agency (LEA) to be effectively implemented, including, but not limited to, certificated teachers with the appropriate authorizations, necessary instructional materials, pertinent professional development for the proposed program, and opportunities for parent and community engagement to support the proposed program goals. Within a reasonable period of time, leads to:  Grade-level proficiency in English, and  Achievement of the state-adopted academic content standards in English. Education Code (EC) sections 305(a)(2) and 306(c)(3). 


Parents or guardians may provide input regarding language acquisition programs during

the development of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (EC Section 52062).

If interested in a different program from those listed above, please contact your child’s

school Principal to ask about the process.


Although schools have an obligation to serve all EL students, parents or guardians of

English learners have a right to decline or opt their children out of a school’s EL

program or out of particular EL services within an EL program. If parents or guardians

opt their children out of a school’s EL program or specific EL services, the children

retain their status as English learners. The school remains obligated to take the

affirmative steps required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the appropriate

actions required by the Equal Education Opportunity Act of 1974 to provide EL students

access to its educational programs (20 U.S.C. sections 1703[f], 6312[e][3][A][viii]).


To Request the Establishment of a New Program at a School: Schools in which the parents or legal guardians of 30 pupils or more per school or the parents or legal guardians of 20 pupils or more in any grade request a language acquisition program that is designed to provide language instruction shall be required to offer such a program to the extent possible. (EC Section 310[a].) To request a new program, please begin the process by providing a written request to the district office to the attention of the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.


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