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.
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