Portland Public Schools

Portland, Oregon

501 N. DixonPortland, OR 97227(503) 916-2000

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English as a
Second Language

English as a
Second Language

    We invest in inclusive quality instruction that honors students' racial, cultural and linguistic assets.

    We prepare every Emergent Bilingual to be ready to succeed in our schools and thrive in our community.


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    Incoming ESL Student Assessment

    The Temporary Welcome Centers are now closed and IPT Testing will take place at schools. The student registration form (Home Language Survey information entered into Synergy) will trigger a call from the Assessors to the individual school’s secretary to arrange a time to assess the student.
    Click here for more information.

    Please review the updated guidelines regarding HS ESL scheduling Contact Tonya Mjelde if you have any questions, or if your school anticipates using general fund FTE to offer an "EB-only" for levels 1 and 2 in Language Arts or Social Studies for approval and submission to ODE.




Veronica Magallanes
Sr. Director
(503) 916-6525
Eric Tong
Director’s Secretary
(503) 916-2000 Ext. 74945
Lisa Blount
Assistant Director
(503) 916-2000 Ext. 74943
Kehaulani Haupu
Assistant Director
(503) 916-2000 Ext. 71006