Benicia Unified School District

BUSD offers research-based programs and support services for English Learners. Students are identified through the Home Language Survey and the ELPAC assessment. 

Once identified, English Learners access the common core academic content standards as part of their core instructional program. This includes differentiated instruction within the general education classroom setting and small group instruction to ensure English Learner students acquire full proficiency in English as rapidly and effectively as possible. Our primary focus is closing the achievement gap between English Learners and their native English-speaking peers as well as celebrating multilingual students and their cultures.

Translation services are available for parent meetings and events at the school sites.  If parents are in need of such services, please contact the site principal to make arrangements.


ELAC/DELAC-The DELAC is an advisory committee comprised of representatives from each school’s English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). The role of the DELAC is to advise the Benicia Unified School District on programs and services for English learners. The DELAC committee meets several times per year.

ELPAC Testing

English Learner Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) measures English proficiency of students whose primary language is not English for students in grades TK-12.


ELPAC Summative Assessment

(Administered to ELs in the spring yearly until student is reclassified)

4 = Well Developed
3 = Moderately Developed
2 = Somewhat Developed
1 = Beginning Stage

Students must score “4” to be considered for reclassification.


BUSD’s Instructional Model has several components. At the elementary schools, students  will receive small group service using guided reading, Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD) strategies, as well as Imagine Learning computer-based instruction.

Middle and High School students who receive English Language acquisition support may attend a period of intensive instruction. These classes are in addition to their regular English classes.

In addition, direct small group or individual instruction will be provided to students who are newcomers and meet eligibility criteria for this level of service.