Our Mission

  • The mission of our program is to ensure students learning English engage in the full array of educational programs and services offered by ASD. At the core of our ability to do this is a focus on how students acquire academic language in school settings. The English Language Learners program focuses on integrating students’ primary language and cultural background, while maintaining and advancing their developing English skills. In order to do this, we have adapted a diverse set of delivery models so that we can capitalize on the strengths of individual students. These models include sheltered English instruction, English-as-a-second-language, and dual language immersion programs.  


Small Group Support K-6

  • Our tutorial program provides small group support in academic content areas to bilingual elementary students throughout the district.

    ELL Elementary Teacher Expert
    (907) 742-4463

Newcomers Academy

  • The Newcomer Academy program provides intensive instruction in English language arts and math to English Language Learners at their home schools. The Academy courses are designed to develop students’ English language skills and to meet their academic needs. Certificated teachers, trained in these content areas, provide instruction to support students’ learning.

ELL Services K-12

  • We offer interventions and pre-referral services addressing the eligibility of limited-English-proficient (LEP) students in ASD for special education and related services. These services are a collaborative effort between the Anchorage School District's bilingual, special education, speech and psychology programs.

    Please contact the ELL staff at your home school.
    If you have general questions, please call the ELL main office.

    (907) 742-4452.




Secondary-level Academy Classes 6-12

  • Language arts, social studies, math and science courses are available to English language learners. These courses are designed to advance students’ English language skills, meet their academic needs and allow to earn necessary credits for graduation The ELL courses are taught by certificated teachers trained in these content areas.

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