English for Speakers of Other Languages.

    The mission of the ESOL program is to provide English instruction for students whose heritage
language is not English and who do not yet have sufficient English Skills to allow them to be successful
in school. There are eight schools within the Escambia School District that have ESOL classes: five elementary
schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Pensacola High School is the high school ESOL
center for the school district.

    The ESOL program at PHS began in 1980 in response to the great number of immigrants coming
to this area from Southeast Asia. Although many different languages are represented within our student
population, almost twenty-five years later the language spoken by the greatest number of students
continues to be Vietnamese.

    The ESOL program in Escambia County and in all Florida counties operates under a consent decree: the
school districts are required to provide ESOL services for eligible students. Although students come to
Pensacola High School from all over Escambia County in order to take ESOL, the ESOL program is
not a magnet program in the true sense of the word.

    Students are determined to be eligible for ESOL services by a number of criteria. Test scores,
teacher recommendations, and parent requests are among those criteria. Personnel providing basic
services for the English language learners at Pensacola High School include two ESOL teachers, two
teachers' aides, a Title 1 Migrant guidance counselor, a home-school liaison, and the District ESOL specialist.

    In addition to Vietnamese, the native languages of the English language learners currently at PHS include
Arabic, Hindi, Polish, Tagalog, Spanish, Portuguese, Gujarati, Mandarin, and Korean.

Contact Thomas Pennington for more information.