Anchorage School District

English Language Learners Program

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.

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The ELL program provides services to students with culturally diverse backgrounds. Currently there are 94 languages other than English spoken by ASD students in the ELL program.

Request language interpreters for school events »

Parents can always call our office for help at 742-4452

English Language Proficiency Assessment

Parent Notification Letter (PDF)

Additional ELL Assessment Resources »



Glossary of terms and acronyms »

Language Arts curriculum guides customized for the ELL Program: Middle school | High school

Online resources »

Special education eligibility »

Stages of second language acquisition »

Standards for English Language Proficiency »
(Alaska Department of Education & Early Development)


Reports and Surveys

Newcomers' Program Report, 2009 » (PDF)

School Responsiveness Survey For Bilingual Students, Spring 2008 » (PDF)
Bilingual students’ feedback on teacher and staff responsiveness to their needs.



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English video tour Arabic video tour Burmese video tour




Hmong video tour Nepali video tour Nuer video tour




Samoan video tour Somali video tour Spanish video tour


Tagalog video tour    

Success stories from the Newcomers' Center

Newcomers' Center student success stories Listen to students talk about how the Newcomers' Center gave them the extra help they needed and what they are doing now. Click the image at left to watch the video.

Welcoming Sudanese in our schools

Welcoming Sudanese into our schools 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. Click the image to watch the video.

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Middle Link ESL

For more information at the middle school level, visit the Middle Link's ESL section »