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The mission of the Office of Bilingual and ESL Education in the School District of the City of Pontiac is to ensure that English language learners (ELLs) receive a rigorous foundation which prepares them to excel in a highly competitive, multicultural, global society.


  1. Ensure that English language learners master the same high academic standards required of all learners.
  2. Create a safe, multicultural, and nurturing environment that is free of barriers for all students and families.
  3. Strengthen the two-way relationship with families and communities.
  4. Provide professional development for staff.
  5. Strengthen the use of technology in the classroom for instructional purposes.

 Values and Beliefs  

  1. Learning is a socio-cultural and linguistic process.
  2. All children learn best when actively engaged with others in authentic instruction grounded in respect of their prior sources of knowledge such as: language, history, and culture.
  3. Given the opportunity and support, English language learners can excel academically and contribute greatly to our global society.
  4. The community contributes to the success of English language learners.
  5. Parents, families and the community are vital partners in the educational process.
  6.  All educational personnel have a legal and moral responsibility to provide the highest level of education to all students, including English language learners.
  7. A highly trained and supported staff will most effectively meet the educational needs of English language learners.
  8. All parents and family members can contribute to their children’s education regardless of their English language ability, provided the school facilitates this involvement.