Summer Schedule – The District Office will be closed Fridays through July 20, 2018.

The English Learner Program provides English Language Development (ELD) and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) instruction for students acquiring English.  These techniques develop the academic English skills students need to succeed in school.  California English Language Learner Standards can be found here:

Palo Alto Unified School District participates in the Seal of Biliteracy. Information can be found below:

Seal of Biliteracy District Information

Seal of Biliteracy, Santa Clara County Office of Education

2017-2018 First District English Language Acquisition Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 16, 2017,   6:00-7:15 pm PM   District Office, Board Room

Meeting Materials:

Second District English Language Acquisition Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 5:00-6:30 pm  District Office, Aspen Room

Meeting Materials:

PAUSD LCAP Annual Update and 18-19 Goals_ March 14 DELAC-DAC Meeting.pdf

Notes from DELAC meeting 3-14-18.pdf

DELAC Committee Meeting Recommendations for LCAP.pdf

DELAC Committee Meeting Recommendations for LCAP Mandarin.pdf

DELAC Committee Meeting Recommendations for LCAP Spa.pdf

We strive to help students:

  • Develop fluency in English
  • Cultivate a positive sense of self-worth
  • Understand and respect other cultures
  • Achieve equal access to core academic curriculum

The English Learner Master Plan  was approved by the Board of Trustees and the District English Learner Advisory Board (DELAC) in June 2009.  The English Learner Master Plan will be go through the process of being updated in 2017-18 as the district transitions to the new state English Learner Assessment, English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).  All Sites have English Learner Specialist or Coordinator. The assignments can be found:

EL Specialists, Administrators List 17-18.pdf

If you have questions, contact the English Learner Program office at (650) 329-3736 or

Who participates in ELD classes?

California requires all parents to complete a home language survey when they register their children for school. The survey asks:

  1. What language did this student learn when first beginning to talk?
  2. What language do you use most frequently to speak to this student?
  3. What language does this student most frequently use at home?
  4. What language is most often spoken by the adults at home?

If your answer to any of the first three questions on the survey is a language other than English, your child's English proficiency will be evaluated. 

Students will be asked to take the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) and will be evaluated as:

  • English Learner (EL)


  • Fluent English Proficient (FEP)

English language proficiency has two dimensions: basic interpersonal conversational skills (BICS) and cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP). Conversational language skills tend to be easier for students to acquire because they benefit from the contextual cues of social encounters. Conversely, academic language skills (used in the classroom) are more difficult for students to master because they are generally more complex and less related to social context. 

English Learner (EL) students participate in the English Language Development program until they are proficient in English.

How does the ELD program work?

Elementary ELD Program (K – 5) 

Each school is assigned an EL Specialist. The specialists will use the push in model. EL Specialists set up collaboration time with teachers/grade levels to work on how to scaffold lessons and build strategies into all content areas. The specialist may work with a group of students to support the mainstream classroom instruction. PAUSD teachers are trained to use SDAIE teaching strategies that help students understand content while they are improving their academic English skills. 

Secondary ELD Program (6 – 12) 
In secondary schools, ELD is taught through language arts and social studies. Programs are hosted at JLS Middle School, Terman Middle School and Gunn High School. If you do not live in the JLS or Gunn neighborhoods, your student will be granted an intra-resident transfer to participate in the ELD program. 

Primary Language Tutors 
At the request of ELD teachers, Primary Language Tutors work with beginning English Learners on their mainstream class assignments. Primary Language Tutors work closely with students' mainstream classroom teachers. Primary Language Tutors are provided when available.

How can the parents of English Learners get involved?

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Each school site with 21 or more English Learners has an English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).  Parents of English Learners and English Only students can participate in the site ELAC.  This committee advises the school principal, staff and site council.  The ELAC meets with the site principal.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

Each site ELAC sends a representative to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC).  The DELAC advises the district EL Program coordinator and athe Board of Education.  The DELAC meets with the coordinator of the English Learner Program at the district office. 

DELAC Minutes November 2014

DELAC March 5th Minutes

DELAC Advisory Meeting 3-5-15


District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

2017-2018 DELAC Meetings:


DELAC Powerpoint.pdf2

November 16, 2017,  Wednesday   6:00-7:15pm PM   District Office Room Aspen (A)

  • Welcome to New DELAC members

  • Presentation of LCAP

  • Panel on English Language Services

February 21, 2018  Wednesday           5:00 – 6:30 PM   District Office Room Aspen (A)

  • Title III Budgets

April 25, 2018, Wednesday             5:00 – 6:30 PM   Board Room (SDC)

  • LCAP recommendations