• Academic Program


  • Students raising hands in ESL classroom English as a Second Language (ESL) is an instructional program for students whose dominant language is not English. The purpose of the program is to increase the English language proficiency of eligible students so they can attain academic standards and achieve success in the classroom.
    Features of the ESL Program:
    • ESL instruction is offered in grades K-12
    • ESL students receive one to three ESL classes, depending on their English proficiency level
    • ESL students also attend math, science, social studies and other general education classes
    • The ESL program provides total English immersion for students
    • ESL students are given the support needed to effectively adjust to American culture
    • ESL classes are an individualized, student-centered learning environment 

    Pouvez-vous parler français? 你會說中國 ¿Habla Espanol? Nǐ huì shuō zhōngguó Do you have questions about your child's progress in school? Do you have questions about your child's school? Call the Pittsburgh Public Schools Nine Line at 412-529-6463 (NINE)!


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Pennsylvania English Language Proficiency Standards
WIDA English Language Development Standards
The WIDA Standards Framework and its Theoretical Foundations


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System 44
READ 180

Grade Level Materials

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i-Read is a supplemental reading program used by K-2 students.

i-Lit is a supplemental reading program used by Grades 3-12 students.

National Geographic Learning (Reach)
Reach is a supplemental language acquisition curriculum used by some K-5 ESL students.

Edmentum is a supplemental math curriculum used by K-5 students.

Pearson EasyBridge

Language Arts Student Resources

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International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL)
Featuring one of the largest collections of free books for children, the website has made it so that anyone can access their books, even without registering. Users can search for books according to language, age level and genre. You can sign up for an account where you can bookmark books and save your favorites for later reading.

Literacy Center
Featuring over 150 million online games and printable activities for preschool children, the resources on this website aim to encourage playful learning for children. Resources include print writing practice and games to practice letters on the keyboard. In Spanish, German, and French as well.

Reading is Fundamental
Reading Is Fundamental is an exceptional ELL website focusing on reading. RIF is part of a literacy movement in which literacy for all children is paramount. Their focus and aim is for every child to enjoy, benefit and implement reading into their everyday lives. This website is mostly geared toward students from preschool to 2nd or 3rd grade.

NIH Kids' Pages
This ELL website was established by the National Institute of Environmental Health Services (NIH) in an effort to combine learning with informative information about health, ecology, the environment, science and other important issues. The material is perfect for students from grades 5 to 8.

Using English (UE)
Using English (UE) is geared toward all levels and ages and offers relevant information that will benefit you and your students. UE is an easy-to-navigate site with several categories for teachers and students alike. It offers tests, quizzes, forums, English references, articles, tools and extensive material you can utilize when crafting informative and engaging lesson plans.

New York Public Library
Free ESOL Websites listed by New York Public Library: These general ESOL websites offer many types of activities (grammar, listening, pronunciation, vocabulary, reading, etc.) for language learners of all levels.

Dave's ESL Cafe
Student support includes Help Center, Grammar Lessons, Idioms, Phrasal Verbs, Pronunciation Power, Quizzes, Slang, and Student Forums. Designed for secondary students and adults.

Everything ESL.net -- Elementary Web Sites for English Language Learners
Extensive list of sites organized by grade bands (PreK-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 4-8)

Learn to Read with Phonics, Learn Mathematics

Roy the Zebra
Reading games and guided reading stories made just for your iPads, laptops and PCs and Macs, wonderful to use in the classroom.

Storyline Online
Storyline Online, features celebrated actors including Viola Davis, Kristen Bell, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Wanda Sykes, Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Betty White and more reading children's books to inspire a love of reading in millions of children worldwide.

Clifford (Scholastic)
This learning activity is part of the Clifford the Big Red Dog series. Clifford's Big Idea for children is Be Kind. Students read or listen to stories and identify words that correctly complete sentences. Fun interactive games ask students to identify letters, sounds, and words.

Speakaboos is a library of over 200 interactive stories and songs designed to make reading your child's favorite activity.

Pics for Learning
Thousands of copyright free and copyright friendly images and photos for teachers and students.

Arthur (PBS Kids)
PBS Kids

Story Place (español/ingles)
This Pre-school Library is full of great activities for you to explore. In Spanish as well.

Mathematics Student Resources

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National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
A digital library containing Java applets and activities for K-12 mathematics.

Cool Math
Cool Math has free online cool math lessons, cool math games and fun math activities.

Fun and free educational games for kids in K-8. Featuring multiplayer learning games, math games, language arts games, and much more!

Hundreds of fun educational games and activities for kids to play online. Topics include math, geography, animals, and more.

Porta Portal

Second Grade Math
These skills are organized into categories, and you can move your mouse over any skill name to preview the skill. To start practicing, just click on any link. IXL will track your score, and the questions will automatically increase in difficulty as you improve!

Counting Money

Teachers Try Science—Kids Experiments
The New York Hall of Science published fun science experiments to try at home, which are translated into 13 different languages. Fun for kids of all ages with parent supervision.

Parent Resources

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Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh
The Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh (BCAP) provides support to the Nepali speaking Bhutanese community in our region.

Casa San Jose (español/ingles)
Casa San Jose provides support to the Latino community of Pittsburgh.

Colorin Colorado (español/ingles)
Colorín Colorado offers a wealth of bilingual, research-based information, activities, and advice for educators and families of English learners (ELs).

Latino Community Center—Pittsburgh (español/ingles)
The Latino Community Center is located in downtown Pittsburgh and it provides support to the growing Latino Community in our region.

ISAC connects internationals, immigrants, and refugees to currently existing resources in the Pittsburgh area.

Staff Resources

Please login to Sharepoint to access the ESL Department Staff Page

Visit the Translation and Interpretation page to submit any requests you may need.