BUSD is committed to offering programs that support all learners. Enrichment, intervention and alternative educational opportunities have been established to meet the needs of each learner.
Expanded Learning Opportunity Program (ELOP)
Benicia Unified School District offers an extended day program, called ELOP, to all students in TK-6 who meet eligibility criteria. All students who are socio-economically disadvantaged, English learners, Forester or homeless youth are invited to attend this free extended day opportunity. The ELOP program is offered at each elementary site and at BMS every school day and 30 non-school days. Registration and information can be found on the CDU/Adult Education website.
College and Career Readiness
High School students in BUSD develop a 10 year plan that enables them to connect their academic achievement to post secondary goals. This plan is created in a Freshman course called, Get Focused, Stay Focused. Each year the plan is revisited, revised and new modules introduced.
A College and Career Counselor provides service to Benicia Middle School, Liberty High School and Benicia High School. Through the College and Career Center, students can access field trips to colleges, attend visiting college sessions, obtain college information, get help with essay writing and FAFSA forms.
Academic Intervention through Multi-TIered System of Support (MTSS): BUSD offers a targeted intervention model based on specific identified needs of each student. This model of support offers a wide range of programs and services. Students are identified based on multiple measures and offer differentiated instruction within the classroom as well as pull out programs, before/after school tutorials and companion courses that are specifically designed to ensure academic success for all students and reduce the achievement gap.
A district intervention team established specific criteria for each identified program including the process for identifying students who are in need of support, progress monitoring assessments and metrics for measuring success. The intervention team meets monthly to monitor student progress, identify needs and make program adjustments.
Title 1 and Supplemental Service
Title 1 is a Federally Funded program that supports schools to ensure that students have equitable opportunities to access high quality educational experiences. The Title 1 funding, in addition to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) supplemental funding provides supplemental funds to school districts to assist schools with the highest student concentrations of poverty to meet school educational goals.
Five schools in BUSD are identified as Title 1 schools: Mary Farmar Elementary, Robert Semple Elementary, Benicia Middle School, Liberty High School and Community Day School. Through the Title I and LCFF Supplemental Funds, additional targeted services are provided to these schools that include: additional intervention instruction, scholarships for Outdoor Education, Counseling, English Learner Support, additional sections for math support, and focused professional development. For a complete description of Title 1 and Supplemental Services please refer to the District’s Strategic Plan-LCAP.
Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a bridge program between preschool and kindergarten. BUSD uses a curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate that includes some initial academic work, but is heavily focused on play-basd learning structures. See the BUSD enrollment page for how to enroll your child in TK.
Willie B. Adkins Scholar Program
Willie B. Adkins Scholars Program is a college preparatory program, working to ensure that students are leaving the program with the right tools and a good understanding of what’s expected of them beyond high school. Through their strategically planned year-long curriculum, activities, and events, they strive to meet these objectives. For more information about the program, please visit: https://www.williebadkins.com/ourservices.htm
BUSD is excited to continue its partnership with the Willie B. Adkins Scholars Program and invite students in grades 8-12 to apply to participate . The students who have participated have found this to be a very positive and helpful experience!
From September through May, the program meets weekly at Benicia High School, with Study Hall from 5:30pm-6:30pm and the Program Meeting from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The program also offers a Spring Break College Tour.
We are excited to bring you Willie B. Adkins (WBA) program again this year. This free program is open to all 8-12 graders in BUSD. The Willie B. Adkins program focuses on preparing our youth for college through weekly study, mentoring, and learning sessions. All regular WBA meetings will be at BHS on Tuesdays starting 5:30-8:30. The WBA’s primary goal is to increase the number of African American students who attend college. We already have over 80 students signed up!
Please see the attached flyer to register AND for an upcoming orientation (open to all even if you didn’t register.) The orientation is September 5, 2023, from 6:30-8:00 PM at Solano Community College-Vallejo.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to Leslie Beatson @ email@example.com for more information.