ESL, or English as a Second Language, is a multi-tiered program for teaching English to non-native speakers. Its primary goal is communication in English. In this program, students are helped to use English actively in speaking and writing and to comprehend English that is spoken or written. The four skills a student must develop into the language curriculum are listening, speaking, reading and writing. The ESL program is individualized for 14 students dependent on their placement exam and previous course history and experience. The goal is for students to eventually move into mainstream classes. Students with limited English can begin in our Welcome Center where they are supported through their transition into PHS, building on concepts, skills and vocabulary in both English and Math. Students may place into ESL English, Transitional History, Transitional Math and/or Bilingual Support. Student schedules will be crafted based on placement decisions and monitored throughout the school year to support proficiency and development. The ESL English classes count towards the English and World Language graduation requirements.