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Welcome to the Southwest English Learner Program!
Class of 2018
ESL Department Vision: Every English Learner bilingual and biliterate, college and career ready.
Mission: The ESL Department develops language-rich learning environments that raise the achievement of English Learners through:
  • Consistent, high quality programming
  • Research-based instructional strategies
  • Shared accountability for student learning
  • Affirmation and development of student, family, and community asset

Core Values: Our work is guided by the following values;

  • Bilingualism is an asset
  • All teachers are teachers of English Learners
  • All MPS staff are responsible for the success of English Learners
  • Every parent is a partner


English as a Second Language (ESL) Program at Southwest:

High school students attend ESL classes as part of their daily schedule. ESL services are provided during co-taught mainstream grade-level classes and/or  in stand-alone English Language Development (ELD) classes. Stand-alone ELD classes offered at Southwest are:

  • ESL 1A & 1B
  • ESL 2A & 2B
  • ESL 3A & 3B
  • Social Studies Concepts
  • Science Concepts
  • Academic Language 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Academic Language 9-12

Academic Language Development classes support English Learners with the vocabulary, academic discourse, and writing demands of core content classes. Units of instruction are aligned with WIDA English Language Proficiency standards and are designed to increase students’ social and academic English skills to ensure success in content classes.