Strategic Support Classes

  • At San Mateo High School, we have two different Strategic English Support (S.E.S.) classes, Strategic English Support 1 and Strategic English Support 2. These two courses are directly aligned with English 1 and English 2 and exist to ensure that each of our students receives the necessary level of support to demonstrate proficiency within their English course. Students who complete the course earn 5 credits of elective credit each semester, which is applied towards graduation.

    STRATEGIC ENGLISH SUPPORT 1

    Strategic English Support (S.E.S.) 1 is a standards-aligned course designed to give students the skills and support they need to meet the Common Core Standards and be successful in their English 1 class. On a regular basis, Strategic English Support 1 teachers will engage in meaningful collaboration with the English 1 teachers at their school site to guide the pre-teaching and re-teaching throughout the year. Students will be assessed on a regular basis to determine how well they are meeting the Common Core standards. The class will support mastery of the standards for English 1 using materials that are appropriate to the students’ abilities and experience. Following the pacing guide for English, the class is organized around nine-week instructional periods.

    STRATEGIC ENGLISH SUPPORT 2

    Strategic English Support (S.E.S.) 2 is a standards-aligned course designed to give students the skills and support they need to meet the Common Core Standards and be successful in their English 2 class. On a regular basis, Strategic English Support 2 teachers will engage in meaningful collaboration with the English 2 teachers at their school site to guide the pre-teaching and re-teaching throughout the year. Students will be assessed on a regular basis to determine how well they are meeting the Common Core standards. The class will support mastery of the standards for English 2 using materials that are appropriate to the students’ abilities and experience. Following the pacing guide for English, the class is organized around nine-week instructional periods. While this course has a more intense focus on the standards than Strategic English Support 1 does, it’s understood that many students will still need help with basic skills.