Overview of ESL Department

ESL Department
English as a Second Language
Harrisburg School District has 1704 PHLOTE (Primary Home Language Other Than English) students. 793 of those students represent our Current ELLs and 109 represent our Monitored students.
Our English Language Learners represent 18 different languages from  30 different countries.
English As A Second Language Program Description
The Harrisburg School District shall provide an appropriate planned instructional program for identified students whose dominant language is not English. The goal of the ESL Program is to provide English Language Learners (ELLs) with instructional support that will enable them to participate fully in their educational experience in our schools and in their social lives in our community. The objectives of the ESL program are to develop both basic interpersonal communication skills (BICS) and cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP), to develop proficiency in the language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, to develop competence in intercultural interactions, and to encourage participation in the full range of instructional activities in the regular education curriculum and in extracurricular activities in our schools.