English as a Second Language (ESL)

Mission
Prospect Hill Academy’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program will enable students of limited English proficiency to develop the linguistic, cognitive, cultural, and self-concept skills necessary for success at PHA and beyond. The students will develop these skills in an atmosphere of understanding, cooperation, and support.

Educational Philosophy
English language learners require the ability to understand, speak, read, and write English with near native fluency to realize their potential within the English speaking society.
  • The most successful programs are those that develop a positive self-concept in each student, while they continue to develop their English proficiency.
  • Teachers should have high expectations for all students, regardless of the students’ background or academic preparation.
  • Teachers must help students in adjusting to cultural, language, and attitudinal differences.
  • Students in heterogeneous groupings learn from each other as well as from the teacher.
  • The ability to speak more than one language is a valuable asset and should be recognized as such.
ESL Program
English Learners at Prospect Hill Academy receive services through a model called Sheltered English Immersion (SEI). In an SEI model, students develop their English language skills while learning grade appropriate content, with ESL teachers providing explicit instruction in English and trained classroom teacher using scaffolds to make academic content accessible.