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Life Literacy for Civic Leaders

The SJLAM Language Arts program offers English and Spanish Language coursework designed to meet students where they are to best nurture literacy, life-long learning, and a deep appreciation for cultural heritage.

Our approach is intended to develop a knowledge base and skill set for student success demonstrated in both language and academics.

Our educational strategy is structured by mastery grading and learning practices with standards-based learning targets.

The scope and sequence of our college preparatory and career ready curriculum provides an aligned progression from year to year for our learning community as well as a differentiated approach to cultivate capacity in each individual student.

All students have equity in access to Advanced Placement (AP) college-level courses, University of California approved and school-designated Honors courses, and coursework in the English Language Learner Program.

English Language Program

Classes offered:

  • English Language Development 1 & 2
  • Speech
  • English 9 & 10
  • Honors English 9 & 10
  • Long Term English Learners 1, 2, 3 (LTEL)
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Yearbook/Leadership
  • American Literature
  • Honors American Literature
  • Advanced Composition/World Literature
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition


Spanish Language Program

Classes offered:

  • Spanish 1 & 2
  • Spanish for Native Speakers
  • Spanish Cultural Conversation/Spanish Poetry
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture


We Read . . .

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We write + speak . . . 

This bilingual video was created by an 11th grade student in English Language Development 2 class to demonstrate proficiency with writing and speaking as well as research and using digital media for their final project in spring of 2022.

We Listen to Student Voice.