Nov 29, 2021  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog

Developmental Education and English as a Second Language

Developmental Education
In support of academic achievement, Santa Fe College has a Learning Commons that provides academic support in mathematics, reading, writing, and other disciplines. This service is offered to students at all levels. Students may be referred to the Learning Commons by instructors or may seek additional help independently.  All tutoring and other Learning Commons supports are free of charge to SF students.

The ESL (EAP) program provides instruction in the spoken and written language for non-native English students. Students participate in small-group instruction and individual practice to develop the English language skills needed to succeed in academic and vocational classes. Listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural adaptation are emphasized.

Degree-seeking students who are required to complete placement testing and whose college entry placement scores are below the state and institutional college level placement scores shall enroll in the appropriate College Preparatory courses prior to enrolling in college level courses.

The College Preparatory courses are:


Students who fail to earn a grade of C or better are required to re-register for the failed course the following semester.

Students are strongly recommended to enroll in College Composition (ENC 1101 ) immediately after they complete College Preparatory reading and writing courses. Additionally, students are recommended to enroll in MAT 1033  after they complete MAT 0022  or MAT 0028 .

Students shall not enroll for more than three attempts in each College Preparatory course. Withdrawal from a College Preparatory course after the last day to drop and receive a refund will count as an attempt. Since the state will fund only two College Preparatory attempts, students will pay the full tuition cost for the third attempt, which is equivalent to out-of-state tuition.

Grades earned in Development Education courses will not count toward graduation. These grades will be included in the students’ GPAs and will be included in the calculation of Standards of Academic Progress (SOAP).

English as a Second Language (ESL) English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Non-native speakers of English who place into College Preparatory reading and English are required to register for the ESL (EAP) College Preparatory courses. The courses in this program integrate reading, writing, listening and speaking activities to prepare non-native speakers of English for college level work.

The ESL (EAP) program consists of the following courses:

Grades earned in ESL (EAP) courses will not count toward graduation. These grades will be included in the students’ GPAs and will be included in the calculation of deficit points for the purpose of academic progress.

Students enrolled in College Preparatory ESL (EAP) courses follow the same registration procedures as all College Preparatory students. Students shall not enroll for more than three attempts in any Prep ESL (EAP) course. Withdrawal from one of these courses after the last day to withdraw and receive a refund counts as an attempt.