Portland Public Schools

  Portland, Oregon

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

English As A Second Language Department Banner: A teenage girl reads to a young boy.

English as a
Second Language

English as a
Second Language

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

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

    ?? - Español, 503-956-4140 | Việt ngữ, 503-320-5354 | 廣東話/팹繫話,503-956-7329 - ??
    971-201-0419 العربية ‬| Oromoo fi Amhaaraa, 971-271-2128
    Русский, 503-956-2588 | Somali, 503-956-8323

  • ESL Temporary Welcome Centers Fall 2017

    ESL will deploy teams to 3 Temporary Welcome Centers at Roosevelt, Jackson, and Madison August 28-30, 2017. The hours will be 8:30 - 4:00 each day, with extended hours from 8:30 - 7:00 on August 29. 

    Who gets referred to the Temporary Welcome Centers?
    Students new to PPS who qualify for an English language assessment: (i.e. The registration form indicates a language other than English on the section labeled “language information,” also known as the Home Language Survey. 

    What services are provided at the centers?
    - Language assessment
    - Assistance with the completion of the registration packet 

    Do Not Wait!
    It is imperative that qualifying students who arrive August 28 be assessed at the Temporary Welcome Centers.  Early assessment will ensure that:
    - We have accurate student counts for funding and staffing
    - Our Emergent Bilinguals get the timely supports and schedules they need 

    During the first week of school we will constantly monitor new students and may deploy additional resources to specific schools if it appears they are needed. 

    Offices will be sent information (i.e., table tent, brochures, links to videos in 5 languages) to support our families with language needs.

    We look forward to supporting you and our families during registration and throughout the year! More information is available on our web page, www.pps.net/departments/esl/8938.htm

    Lisa Blount, Assistant Director, ESL
    x74943   lblount@pps.net


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    To submit a request for Community Agent Support, click here.


Oregon ELL Report

  • The Oregon English Language Learner Report is an annual publication required by ORS 327.016,  which reports on financial information for English language learner programs and the objectives and needs of students eligible for and enrolled in an English language learner program. The report provides information on the demographics of students in English language learner programs in each school district. In addition, this report provides a tool that makes data on English language learners accessible to researchers, media, students, and parents.

    Please contact Chelsea Clinton, Office of Research and Analysis, with any questions regarding this report.

ESL Contacts

Veronica Magallanes
Sr. Director
(503) 916-6525
Eric Tong
Director’s Secretary
(503) 916-2000 Ext. 74945
Lisa Blount
Assistant Director
(503) 916-3602
Kehaulani Haupu
Assistant Director
(503) 916-3603
Klarissa Hightower
Assistant Director
(503) 916-3216
Kathrine Hu
Special Programs Administrator
(503) 916-3147
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