Since the 1999 academic year, high school limited English speaking students have been provided the opportunity
the ESOL Center at Harford Technical High School. Students who elect to attend are provided comprehensive,
but sheltered English language instruction, reading instruction, science, social studies, and mathematics
sheltered curricular offerings. Similarly, these students are provided the opportunity to attend mainstream
classes in the fine and practical arts, physical education. As their language proficiencies increase, students
may also be mainstreamed within the regular curricular offerings at this site. After two years of intensive
English language services, students are encouraged to re-enroll in their neighborhood high school or apply
to participate in the comprehensive and technical course offerings at the center location site.
Elementary and middle school English language learner programs operate on a “pull out”, “plug in” model for
instruction. All English language learner students must take the Ballard and Tighe state mandated Idea
Test upon enrollment to ascertain their oral and written English language communication skills. The ESOL
staff has established collegial working relationships with the various mainstream classroom teachers in order
to provide effective and meaningful instructional services to all English language learners.