65 Schools in 11 CA Districts, 2015-2016

Redwood City School District
Santa Clara County

  • Adelante Spanish Immersion
  • Fair Oaks Community
  • Hawes Elementary
  • Hoover Elementary [SEAL Demonstration Site]
  • John Gill Elementary
  • Orion Alternative
  • Roosevelt Elementary
  • Selby Lane Elementary
  • Taft Community

Berryessa Union School District
Santa Clara County

  • Berryessa Transitional Kindergartens
  • Cherrywood Elementary
  • Laneview Elementary
  • Summerdale Elementary

Evergreen School District
Santa Clara County

  • Dove Hill Elementary
  • Holly Oak Elementary

Franklin McKinley School District
Santa Clara County

  • Dahl Elementary
  • Los Arboles Literacy & Technology Academy
  • McKinley Elementary
  • Santee Elementary

Gilroy Unified School District
Santa Clara County

  • Eliot Elementary
  • Glenview Elementary

Milpitas School District
Santa Clara County

  • Burnett Elementary
  • Spangler Elementary
  • Weller Elementary

Oak Grove School District
Santa Clara County

  • Anderson Elementary
  • Baldwin Elementary
  • Christopher Elementary
  • Del Roble Elementary
  • Edenvale Elementary
  • Frost Elementary
  • Glider Elementary
  • Hayes Elementary
  • Ledesma Elementary
  • Miner Elementary
  • Parkview Elementary
  • Sakamoto Elementary
  • Santa Theresa Elementary
  • Stipe Elementary

Santa Clara Unified School District
Santa Clara County

  • George Mayne Elementary
  • Scott Lane Elementary

San Lorenzo School District
Alameda County

  • Bay Elementary
  • Colonial Acres Elementary
  • Corvallis Elementary
  • Dayton Elementary
  • Del Rey Elementary
  • Grant Elementary
  • Hesperian Elementary
  • Hillside Elementary
  • Lorenzo Manor Elementary

San Rafael City Schools
Marin County

  • Bahia Vista Elementary
  • Coleman Elementary
  • Laurel Dell Elementary
  • San Pedro Elementary
  • Sun Valley Elementary
  • Venetia Valley School

Mountain View School District
Los Angeles County

  • Baker Elementary
  • Cogswell Elementary
  • La Primaria Elementary
  • Maxson Elementary
  • Miramonte Elementary
  • Monte Vista Elementary
  • Parkview Elementary
  • Payne Elementary
  • Twin Lakes Elementary
  • Voohris Elementary

Community Impact


The SEAL model expanded to 65 California schools this 2015-2016 school year—more than 39,000 students in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, and Los Angeles counties are being reached by this effective, powerful model of language learning.


“The SEAL model has been deeply effective in preparing students for academic success, by developing the high-level cognitive, language and literacy skills that are integral to the Common Core State Standards. SEAL is proving both replicable and sustainable—and our School Board sees its value.

Jan Christensen, Redwood City School District Superintendent


For 35 years, the California School Board Association [CSBA] has honored educational programs that exemplify highly effective governance, teaching, and student learning through its Golden Bell Award program. In November 2014, SEAL at Hoover Elementary School was chosen as best in class in CSBA’s brand new “Common Core” category. After a rigorous review of the model by a 26-member panel of education experts that included on-site validation and assessment, SEAL at Hoover was recognized for fully aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessments, along with providing cutting-edge professional development and building effective collaboration between all stakeholders, to successfully implement Common Core State Standards in Hoover classrooms—with particularly impressive outcomes for English Learners. Click here for more information.


SEAL at Hoover also received the California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) 2015 Seal of Excellence Award. CABE applauded the Hoover School administrative leadership, their dedicated teachers and strong community who had the courage and vision to join the SEAL model and transform their school into an effective, powerful model of language learning for all students. Click here for more information.


An evaluation of the Model’s impact on students and family literacy practices was conducted by Dr. Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, Professor Emeritus of the College of Education at San Jose State University and nationally recognized researcher on dual language education. Each student that was enrolled in a SEAL preschool classroom was followed longitudinally as he or she progressed through the grade levels. Using three different assessment measures, including standard assessments relied upon by school districts and the state, the evaluation analyzed each student’s growth in language development and academic achievement. Despite starting school with language and academic skills behind their peers, SEAL students catch up or surpass peers on all measures.


Major findings show highly significant gains in language, literacy and cognition, as well as a significant impact on family literacy. Specifically:

  • Sobrato Early Academic Language Pilot children entered preschool with very low levels of proficiency in Spanish, the primary language of most students, and no fluency in English. They come from families in which parent education levels are disproportionately lower than district and state English Learner comparison groups. Those in the bilingual classrooms made highly significant gains in Spanish. Children in both English and Spanish classrooms also made particularly high growth in measures associated with pre-literacy or literacy (such as reading, writing and story retells).
  • Children began as preschoolers with low scores similar to the comparison groups, but by kindergarten entry:
    • had scored higher than a non-model comparison group in Spanish,
    • had scored comparably to a first grade comparison group at a successful dual language school, and
    • were no lower in overall English proficiency than comparison children and were much higher in English reading and writing than district and state averages or comparison groups.
  • Children in the bilingual program:
    • scored higher in Spanish and in English and made greater gains in Spanish compared to those in Model classrooms with all-English instruction, and
    • scored as high and made similar gains in English.

A rigorous quasi-experimental evaluation against Common Core standards is underway.




For more information

To learn more about and connect with SEAL Model team members, visit the Sobrato Philanthropies > Our Team page

If you are interested in partnering to bring this program to your school or district, please contact Patty Delaney, Director of District Partnerships at  PDelaney@sobrato.org