Learn English/Citizenship

English as a Second Language

Whether you want to learn English to get a better job, help your children with their schoolwork or become a U.S. citizen, the FUHSD Adult School offers a range of classes in the morning or evening to support your goals.

During Quarters 1 - 4, our ESL program offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at several levels: Beginning Literacy, Low Beginning, High Beginning, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate and Advanced. 

All ESL classes meet two times a week:

  • Mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Evenings from 6 to 9 p.m.  

Classes are located in Cupertino at Vallco (mornings and evenings), San Jose at Lynbrook High School (mornings) or Sunnyvale at Fremont High School (evenings). Starting in August 2019, we will also offer evening classes at Columbia Middle School in Sunnyvale.

You must take a free placement test in order to enroll for the 2019-2020 school year. To register for a placement test, please call (408) 522-2700 or visit the Adult School's office, located at 10123 N. Wolfe Road, Suite 2085 in Cupertino. All students participating in our program must provide a working email address.

As a WIOA Title-I financially assisted program, the FUHSD Adult School, is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll in any of the ESL classes?

Before enrolling, you must first take a listening test at the FUHSD Adult School.

Why do I need to take a listening test?

This test will help us determine which is the most appropriate ESL level for you.

I don't know any English, do I still need to take a test?

Yes, everybody needs to take a listening test in order to participate in any of our  ESL classes.

How do I register for the listening test?

You may register by calling the FUHSD Adult School office at (408) 522-2700, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can also register by visiting the FUHSD Adult School Offices, located at our Vallco Campus at 10123 N. Wolfe Road, Suite 2085 in Cupertino. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How much do I need to pay for the ESL Listening Test?

 Our listening test is free of charge and it is funded by the State and Federal Government. 

How many levels are there in the ESL program?

We offer six levels based on enrollment: Beginning Literacy, Beginning Low, Beginning High, Intermediate Low, Intermediate High and Advanced

How often do classes meet?

Classes are held twice a week. We offer Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday classes.

What time do classes start?

Morning classes are held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Evening classes are held from 6 to 9 p.m.

How about class materials, do I need to buy a textbook?

You do not need to purchase any materials. Textbooks are provided in class.

Citizenship

Become a U.S. citizen and exercise your right to vote! 

Our Citizenship Program offers excellent teachers, staff, and services to support students through the process, including:

  • Course offerings that support students who are beginning English speakers and students who are intermediate and advanced speakers;
  • Credentialed teachers who provide instruction on U.S. history and government;
  •  An immigration specialist who visits classes to discuss the naturalization process and answer students’ questions about the application and interview;
  • Representatives from community agencies to speak to students about voting and the rights and responsibilities of citizens; and
  • A special one-day class during which we bring in volunteers to prepare students for the interview.

Please check our catalog for dates and times or call (408) 522-2700 for more information and to register for a class.

As a WIOA Title-I financially assisted program, Fremont Union High School District Adult School, is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a citizenship student?

Future students must come in for placement testing and orientation. At our placement testing, students will complete our full registration and placement process by:

  • Filling out the required paperwork;
  • Taking a computer-based test to determine English proficiency; and
  • Choose the right citizenship class.

The entire process takes about 1.5 hours.

To register for a placement test, call (408) 522-2700 or visit our Vallco Campus during office hours. Students must have an email address. You must register prior to test day.

What are the requirements to become a citizen?

An applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residency.
  • Resided continuously as a lawful permanent resident in the U.S. for at least five years (three years if married to a U.S. citizen) prior to filing with no single absence from the United States of more than one year. 
  • Been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the previous five years. 
  • Resided within a state or district for at least three months.
  • Show that he or she is a person of good moral character.
  • Able to read, write, speak and understand words in English. Applicants may not have to meet the English language requirement if, on the date of filing, they: 
    • Have been residing in the United States lawfully as a permanent resident for periods totaling 15 years or more and are over 55 years of age;
    • Have been residing in the United States lawfully as a permanent resident for periods totaling 20 years or more and are over 50 years of age; or
    • Have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment, where the impairment affects the applicant’s ability to learn English.
  • Know and understand basic U.S. history and government. Applicants who, on the date of filing, have a medically determined physical or mental impairment that affect their ability to learn U.S. history and government may be excused from this requirement.
  • Be willing to take an oath of allegiance to the United States.

Contact Information

Sabrina Irvin
Coordinating Teacher
(408) 522-2733