West Hills High School

General Information

General Information

ELL Coordinator dELD Teacher: 
Barbra Ruggles AJ Acosta 
(619) 956-0517 (619) 956-0518 
bruggles@guhsd.net  ajacosta@guhsd.net
 The English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC) is comprised of parents, community members and school staff. The ELAC recommends ideas for school improvement to meet the needs of the English Language Learners.  The meetings will be about 30 minutes in length and meet 4 times a year.
Meeting 1: The first meeting is always held on the Back to School nights for parents. See student
                  flyer for time/details. The purpose of this meeting is to connect EL parents with site
                  resources and to review student transcripts regarding student's academic progress
                  as they enter the current school year. This is an informal, personal time to meet with the             site EL Coordinator to understand how to best support their student during high school.
                  Parents are encouraged to ask questions about their student, about high school and
                  course expectations, and graduation requirements. 
Meeting 2: This meeting typically takes place in Nov.-Dec. Please see agenda for meeting details. 
                   The meeting will help parents understand the academic progress of their child in ensuring
                   they are on track to finish the semester strong and understand the process for
                   reclassification from a designated EL student to a reclassified English Proficient (RFEP)
Meeting 3: This meeting is the annual district celebration of reclassification for students who have
                   met the reclassification requirements. The meeting date will be determined by the EL
                   Learner District Office. Look for a personal invitation to be delivered through your
                   child in the Spring once the date is set. An email will also be sent through Infinite
Meeting 4: This meeting will be a final overview of your students academic progress for the year they
                   are completing. This is an opportunity to meet with a counselor to understand the 
                   individual students graduation plan and postsecondary plans. 
2019-2020 DELAC Dates (To Be Determined)

2019-2020 DELAC Dates (To Be Determined)


Reclassification is the process that determines whether an English Learner should be reclassified as Fluent English Proficient (R-FEP). Reclassification relies on evidence demonstrating that the student has a level of English proficiency comparable to that of average native speakers of English in the district and is achieving and sustaining a level of academic achievement with students whose native language is English. District reclassification policies and procedures are aligned with California Department of Education guidelines. Multiple criteria are utilized to establish that the student is ready to be reclassified. 


Criteria 1- English proficiency demonstrated on the (ELPAC ) English Language Proficiency Assessments for California
The ELPAC assesses students proficiency in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. 

Overall Proficiency Level Advance or Early Advanced with no domains score lower than the intermediate level. The most recent score will be used for reclassification.
Criteria 2- GUHSD ELA Skills Test (9th-12th Grade).
The NWEA is given twice a year in the fall and spring and is used as a baseline and growth measure of a student's proficiency in Reading and Language which encompasses reading, language, and writing skills. 

9th-12th graders receive a Proficient score in the GUHSD ELA Skills Test as measured by the NWEA assessment. Students must earn a score of 215 or higher in both the Reading and Language based assessment tests. 
Criteria 3- Semester Grades
The student must pass one semester of a mainstream English course (i.e. College Prep. Honors, AP) with a C or better.
The student must also pass one semester of either Science OR Social Science with a C or better.
Criteria 4- Parent/Guardian Consultation
Parent/Guardian is notified and given an opportunity to consult with staff regarding programs to further increase prospects for academic achievement.


The Parent's Guide to The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). There are links and videos provided below to help parent's understand the ELPAC test and process. 

Parent Guide .........English version  ELPAC Video

Parent Guide..... Spanish version  ELPAC Video en Espanol 


ELPAC Practice Exams 

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