English for Speakers of Other Languages

  • English learners (ELs) in City Schools are guaranteed equal access to education. City Schools serves more than 4,500 students who are English learners (ELs), students who are not native speakers of English.

    English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, while also supporting English learners' development of academic skills. Through ESOL instruction, English learners, including immigrant children and youth, develop both English language proficiency and meet the same challenging academic standards that all children are expected to meet. ESOL teachers help their students adjust to the culture of American schools and collaborate with grade-level content area teachers to ensure that the approach in ESOL classes matches school priorities and that English learners receive the support they need to succeed.

    English learners in City Schools come from more than 80 countries and speak over 60 languages, with the most prevalent being Spanish, Arabic, Nepali, Chinese, and French. Their growing population enriches our schools with diversity and different experiences and backgrounds from which all students can benefit and learn.

    For more about ESOL services at City Schools, speak with your school leaders or call City Schools at 443-984-2000.


     Two girls at Moravia Park Elementary festival