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English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

The purpose of bilingual education programs is to provide eligible students the opportunity to acquire language skills in English necessary for their successful participation in an English-only instructional program. This is accomplished through various structured immersion models and primary language support.

The trigger for assessment is determined by the Home Language Survey. California English Language Development Test (CELDT) results determines eligibility as Limited English-Proficient (LEP) candidates. Students are transitioned into an English-only program when they meet established criteria for redesignation. Once redesignated students are re-classified as fluent-English proficient (RFEP). Schools where the total LEP enrollment is more than 20 students need to develop an English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC).

ELAC members are school staff and parents of LEP students. They participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the local school's program for LEP students. They advise the school on Bilingual funding issues since these programs receive state and district funding. Schools are responsible for providing at least eight meetings to inform parents of the academic program for LEP students and budget items that directly impact student learning.


ELAC meetings are in Zoom, unless otherwise indicated. On-campus meetings will be in Room 112. Meetings are led by the EL Coordinator.

Meeting Schedule
Wed Aug 30, 2023, 9:0am
English Learners Program Options Meeting, Zoom
Wed Sep 6, 2023, 9:00am
ELAC orientation and officer training
Wed Sep 13, 2023, 3:30pm
ELAC and SSC election
Zoom link or Room 112
Thu Oct 12, 2023, 9:00am
Zoom or Room 112
For Zoom link contact Ms. McGoldrick-Shimizu
Wed Nov 1, 2023, 9:00am
Individual Reclassification Plan (IRP)
Zoom link or Room 112
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 9:00am
English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) and Reading Growth Measure (RGM)
Zoom link or Room 112
Wed Jan 10, 2024, 9:00am
English Learners Program
Zoom link or Room 112
Agenda EnglishSpanish
Wed Feb 7, 2024, 9:00am
Zoom link or Room 112
Agenda EnglishSpanish
Wed Mar 6, 2024, 9:00am Meeting
Zoom link or Room 112
Agenda EnglishSpanish
April 2024 Meeting canceled
Wed May 15, 2024, 9:00am Last meeting

ELAC Responsibilities

  • Advising the School Site Council (SSC) on the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), especially those sections related to English learners.
  • Assisting in the development of the school’s Needs Assessment and Language census.
  • Making efforts to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.
  • Advising the principal and staff on the school's program for English learners.
  • Assisting the LDELAC in the dissemination of information and materials related to all aspects of the Master Plan for English Learners.
  • Advising in the development of and approval of the school’s Title III and Economic Impact Aid-Limited English Proficient (EIA-LEP) budgets.


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Join the ELAC

All Palms parents are welcome to attend ELAC meetings.

To volunteer to join the ELAC as a parent member, come to the Orientation, then fill out a self-nomination form before the election.