ESL & Bilingual Education

ESl & Bilingual EducationAbout the Program

South Holland School District 151 is dedicated to the educational excellence of over 1,600 students of which approximately 21% of those students are Limited English Proficient making them our English Language Learning population. 

We have four schools in our district.  Taft, which is in Harvey, services our preschool through first grade students.  Eisenhower School in South Holland and services our 2nd and 3rd grade students.  Madison School which is also located in South Holland services our 4th and 5th grade students.  Coolidge Middle School is in Phoenix and services our 6th through 8th grade students.

School District 151 strives to keep a balance between the academics and social emotional developmental needs for all our students.  In supporting the needs of our ELL population we follow the guidelines of Title 23 of the Illinois Administrate Code 228, which refers to the Transitional Bilingual Education Program and Transitional Program of Instruction Program.  Supporting students in their native language or supporting them through English as a Second Language (ESL), keeps educational excellence accessible to all students.  Our School District also uses the English Language Development Standards, created by WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

The purpose of these links is to help parents, community members, and educators to know and understand:

  • What is an English Language Learner
  • How English Language Learners are identified
  • And how students exit the program

WIDA Consortium Information

For better understanding of English Language Learners, follow the links in order.  These links are provided in English and Spanish through the WIDA consortium.  


External LinkEnglish Part I 
External LinkEnglish Part II
External LinkEnglish Part III


External LinkSpanish Part I
External LinkSpanish Part II
External LinkSpanish Part III

The mission of the English Language Learning Program in South Holland School District 151 is for all our ELL students to develop the linguistic, cognitive, cultural, and self-concepts skills necessary to become lifelong learners and productive citizens, who can meet the challenges of our diverse society.

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Mr. Anthony Palomo
Bilingual Program Director


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