Overview of ELD/ESL Department

ESL Department
English as a Second Language
Harrisburg School District has 829 PHLOTE (Primary Home Language Other Than English) students -- 1250 ELs, of which are 250 Immigrants, representing 55 different countries and 25 different languages.
English Language Development 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), as described in the Basic Education Circulars for ELLs. ESL program will assist students in developing 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.


The mission of the English as a Second Language Program in the Harrisburg School District is to provide instruction and support in English language development to foster the linguistic, academic development, personal and social growth of English Language Learners.


The English as a Second Language Program in the Harrisburg School provides equitable access for English Language Learners to receive meaningful, comprehensible instruction in all content areas.