English Language Development

A Letter to LQHS Parents/Guardians!

Greetings Blackhawk Students and Families,

Welcome to La Quinta High School's English Language Development (ELD) Program Website. Our program supports our English Learner (EL) Students throughout their high school journey, as well as becoming proficient in the English Language.

We are excited to begin this school year and look forward to seeing you at this year's events starting with our EL/ELAC Family Nights. We look forward to providing additional events for Financial Aid Support, Student Field Trips, and ELPAC Study Sessions.

To provide additional support, on this site you can find the following information: ELPAC Test Overview, Reclassification Steps, LAT Team, How to join ELAC and DELAC. Please note, that you can change the language for this website in the left-hand corner of this page. If you have any questions about the program, please reach out to our LAT Members.




EL/ELAC Family Night - Culinary Arts Dining Hall

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

EL/ELAC Family Night - Auxiliary Gym

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

What can EL students expect from La Quinta High School?

  • That all English Learners are supported in their journey to English Language Proficiency through annual check-ins, ELPAC Tutorials, Campus Tutoring, and EL/ELPAC Events.

  • That all English Learners have access to the same rigorous grade-level academic standards that are expected of their peers.

  • That English Learners are provided guidance once meeting their Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) Status.

LQHS has a diverse English Learner Population. We plan to support each individual journey to close opportunity gaps and highlight their current strengths. In order to accomplish these goals, all English Learners are provided with English Language Development (ELD) Instruction that targets their English Proficiency Level and/or English Immersive Courses based on appropriate academic need.

How do students enter the English Language (EL) Program?

  1. Home Language Survey given upon registration

  • If parent or guardian indicated other spoken languages at home on the Home Language Survey, then student is given the Initial ELPAC Test within 10 days of indication.

  • Home Language Survey cannot be adjusted after Initial Registration

  1. Initial ELPAC Test.

  • If a student score within an EL proficiency level, then the student is placed into a Designated ELD Class and/or English Immersive Course, depending on their level of proficiency.

  • If a student scored out of the EL Rubric, they are considered Initial Fluent English Proficiency (IFEP) and are not placed in a designated EL class.