Palms Middle School

See statistics about our English Learners on the School Statistics page.

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 twenty 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.

All Palms parents are welcome to attend meetings ELAC meetings, especially the Orientation and Volunteer Fair.

For further details, see the LAUSD School Governance Handbook.

See also our English Learners page.


  • Advising the School Site Council (SSC) on the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), especially those sections related to English learner.
  • Assisting in the development of the school’s Needs assessment, 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.


The ELAC meets monthly, on Fridays, in Room 135, at 8:15am, unless otherwise indicated.

Meeting Schedule
Fri Aug 17, 2018, 8:15 am ELAC and SSC orientation, Library
Fri Aug 24, 2018, 8:30 am

• ELAC elections

• ELAC meeting

• officer training

• Master Plan training session for parents

Fri Oct 5, 2018 meeting
Fri Nov 2, 2018 meeting
Fri Dec 7, 2018 meeting
Jan 2018 no meeting this month
Fri Feb 1, 2019, 8:15 am meeting
Mar 2018 no meeting this month
Apr 2018 no meeting this month
Fri May 24, 2019 last meeting