ELL Success Guide Newsletter

English Learner Success Guide

The Sundevil Way

Welcome to Mt. Carmel High School. This is your guide on how to excel as a Sundevil (the school mascot). We hope this guide will help you understand school processes--success can be had by everyone.

Understanding ELPAC Testing

The ELPAC is the test that is used to measure how well students in kindergarten (K) through grade twelve understand English when it is not their primary language. Information from the ELPAC helps your child’s teacher provide support in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.


Your Schedule

as a new EL student you will complete an exam after registration. After reviewing the results, we will place you in the correct English courses and come together as a team to create an academic schedule in which you will develop and grow in different skills. our focus will be language development and completion of graduation and college/career readiness. You may access the Sun Center (Counseling office) if you have question about this process.

Vocabulary Development

Vocabulary development is a fundamental part of learning. Understanding and properly using core academic language and content specific words is at the heart of communicating and learning. Vocabulary is essential in meeting the learning challenges in Mt. Carmel classrooms, college classrooms, and in all fields of possible career choices. You must have a command of vocabulary to communicate in written or verbal form, to comprehend reading, to listen, and to ask important questions vital to your learning.

¨ Speak English as often as possible

¨ Find friends that speak English

¨ Listen to music in English

¨ Check out books from our school library or community library

¨ Read books, magazines, or comic books in English

¨ Watch television with English subtitles

¨ The more you practice English, in and out of the classroom, the more you will develop the ability to read, write, speak and understand the language

Wellness Strategies

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Your Support Team @MCHS

Who can help me on campus?

  • teachers, aide's and your counselor
What can they help me with?

  • academics, social/emotional, or college/career questions

If i need help with communication who can help me?

  • reach out to Mr. Baez (ELL Counselor) and he will assist you with communication