English Language Learners
Welcome to the English Language Learners Program (ELL)
The English Language Learners Program at the Anchorage School District is required by law. The purpose of the program is to teach English-as-a-second-language and other academic needs to students who come from homes in which a language other than English is spoken. Currently over 5,400 students who speak 91 different languages are served in the program. There are approximately 200 ELL staff located at various schools districtwide.
The program is designed to make use of a student's primary language, when available; cultural factors; and to maintain and develop the student's skills in English. Several delivery models are used including sheltered English instruction, English-as-a-second-language, and dual language immersion programs.
Attending school in Anchorage. Learn what a typical day is like.
Success stories from the Newcomers' Center! Listen to students talk about how the Newcomers' Center gave them the extra help they needed and what they are doing now.
Karen Furguson, Catholic Social Services Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services, talks about how Sudanese and American cultures differ and how that can affect students entering school.
Take a video tour of a typical school day for an Anchorage School District student.
English Language Proficiency Assessment
Reports and Surveys
- Newcomers' Program Report, 2009 » (PDF)
- School Responsiveness Survey For Bilingual Students, Spring 2008 » (PDF)