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English Language Development (ELD)

The Peninsula High School English Language Development Program (ELD) is an instructional program of English language acquisition focusing on listening and speaking skills and strategies; grammar; vocabulary development; written language conventions, and reading comprehension.
The PVPHS ELD Program is headed by Lead Teacher Annemarie Voegtlin and supported by the PVPHS English Language Advisory Committee. For more information, please email
Opting Out of EL Support Classes
In order to meet state requirements, PVPHS will be implementing both designated and integrated language supports for all English Learners. All students classified as English Learners will be offered designated support class(es) during the school day. PVPHS believes that these support classes will benefit your child and are specifically designed to help your child obtain English language proficiency as well as acquire grade-level content. However, you have the legal right to opt your child out of the ELD program.
Please contact Associate Principal Katie Clovis ( for information about opting out of EL support classes.
  • The 2020-21 ELAC Representatives are Tamami Ogura, Kayoko Yamashita, Saori Sasaki, and Samjhana Khanal.
  • Here is a document describing the EL Program changes to be implemented for the 2020-2021 school year:
English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC)
The Palos Verdes Peninsula English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) works to ensure the involvement of families whose home language is not English. The English Language Advisory Committee includes the Principal, representatives of the teachers, and English Learners' parents representing at least the same percentage as there are English Learner students. The ELAC members may be nominated by any stakeholder, and nominees may be any stakeholder in the PVPHS community. The English Language Advisory Committee advises and interacts with the School Site Advisory Council plan for English Language Learners’ particular educational needs.
ELAC Meeting - October 20, 2020 at 12:30pm on Zoom
Meeting ID: 891 9092 8022
Passcode: b4yHyZ
PUBLIC MEETING All faculty & staff, parents/guardians and members of the public are invited to attend. 
District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC)
The PVPHS ELAC annually elects representatives to serve on the PVPUSD District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC). The 2020-21 ELAC Representatives are Tamami Ogura, Kayoko Yamashita, Saori Sasaki, and Samjhana Khanal.
DELAC Meeting Dates for 2020-21
September 2, 2020 - New parent orientation 3pm start - Flyer is HERE - Zoom link is HERE
October 14, 2020 - Agenda | Minutes| Presentation
January 20, 2020 - Agenda | Minutes | Presentation
March 10, 2020 - Agenda | Minutes | Presentation
April 14, 2020 - Agenda | Minutes | Presentation
May 12, 2020 - Agenda | Minutes | Presentation
Meetings are held from 3pm to 4:30pm and will be held on Zoom until further notice. Meeting links, codes and passwords will be communicated through email.
English Learners Assessments
The 2020 Summative ELPAC has been suspended
for the remainder of school year due to the State-wide school closures.
Initial ELPAC's will resume when classes are back in session.
Contact the PVPUSD Enrollment Center for more information.
The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)
The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the successor to the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Beginning in 2017–18, the ELPAC became the required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is other than English.

State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of ELP to eligible students in kindergarten (or year one of a two-year kindergarten program, sometimes referred to as T-K) through grade twelve. The ELPAC is aligned with California’s 2012 English Language Development Standards, and is comprised of two separate ELP assessments:
  • I-ELPAC Assessment (IA)—an initial identification of students as English learners
  • S-ELPAC Assessment (SA)—an annual summative assessment to measure an English learner's progress in learning English and to identify the student's ELP level 
To learn more about ELPAC visit this website:

This year, PVPUSD is implementing i‐Ready, an online assessment program, as one of four criteria used to determine an English Learner (EL) student's readiness for Reclassification to Fluent English Proficient (RFEP). The i-Ready assessment will be administered three times throughout the academic year: September, January/February and May. i‐Ready’s adaptive test identifies students’ strengths and weaknesses in reading. The reading diagnostic assesses skills in the following areas, or domains:
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonics
  • High‐Frequency Words
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension: Literature
  • Comprehension: Informational Text
To learn more about i-Ready visit this website: