English as a Second Language (ESL) Department

Welcome to the Southwest English as a Second Language (ESL) Program!

We are excited to have you and/or your student join our program! The ESL Department promotes academic achievement of multilingual students who qualify for English Language Development (ELD) services through research-based instructional strategies, language-rich learning environments, and affirmation of student, family, and community assets.

Our work with Multilingual Learners (MLs) is guided by the following values:

  • Bilingualism is an asset

  • Every parent is a partner

  • All teachers are teachers of Multilingual Learners

  • All Minneapolis Public Schools staff are responsible for the success of Multilingual Learners

Southwest ML students' home languages
Getting ready for the Homecoming Parade