Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) / English as a Second Language (ESL)
District 33 welcomes all families to our learning community. We provide services to meet the linguistic and academic needs of children whose native language is not English. Students from over 40 different language backgrounds are represented in our classrooms. Spanish speaking students comprise the vast majority followed by Arabic, Burmese, Urdu, Polish and Tagalog speaking students, among others.
The Transitional Program of Instruction is a mandated program to serve students from low incidence language backgrounds. The program provides support to help students succeed in academic subjects and learn English. The methodology of English instruction makes connections to the home language to the greatest extent possible and focuses on language development through meaningful experiences within content areas.