San Mateo-Foster City (SMFC) provides a support class for English Learner students in grades 6 - 8 who are new to schools in the United States. Students are recommended to the class by the Education Services Department after their language is assessed in SMFC. Parents/Guardians of students who score at the Beginning level (Proficiency Level 1) on the California English Learner Development Test (CELDT) can chose to enroll the student in the Newcomer class housed at Abbott Middle School. Spaces in the class are limited.
In the Newcomers class students are supported with language programs like Scholastic Read 180 and High Point and with core subjects, math, writing, social studies and science. Students are evaluated with multiple measures each grading period to determine if they are ready to transition to the mainstream program with language support classes.