• Families are the foundation of student success, which is why the English Language Learner program is committed to helping our families engage meaningfully with the school district and the wider community. We offer a variety of services to assist new families in learning how the Anchorage School District operates, as well as ways to adapt to life in Alaska and the United States more broadly. We also work closely with community partners to connect families with local services and programs which may be beneficial, and collaborate with other ASD departments to make sure families have a positive and productive role in their child’s education. 

     

     
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School and Community Orientations

  • We want to make sure families have a solid understanding of their new school and community. We offer school orientations, as well as familiarization with the Anchorage School District and introductions to the city of Anchorage. Orientations and assistance are available in multiple languages. Our interpreter service can also assist families in communicating with their child's school throughout the year.

    To find out more, contact:


    Paige Petr
    Refugee Liaison
    (907) 742-4353
    petr_paige@asdk12.org

Citizenship Test Support

  • We encourage families to pursue the opportunity of becoming United States citizens and participating fully in the democratic process. We offer support for parents and family members of students when studying for the U.S. citizenship test. Check here for more details about upcoming opportunities.

    To find out more, contact:


    Paige Petr
    Refugee Liaison
    (907) 742-4353
    petr_paige@asdk12.org

ASD Familiarity

  • Equally important to a student’s proficiency in English is the proficiency of their family. Being able to understand the tech portion of how a school communicates with families and students is important. Your student's school will send out messages through a program called Blackboard. These messages will come to an email address, a phone via text, or the School District's APP.  Checking your student's grades and helping them keep up with homework is available through Parent Connect. This program has a ID and password that you will receive during enrollment. 

    To better understand this, contact:


    Katie Bisson
    Teacher Expert
    (907) 742-4348
    bisson_katie@asdk12.org 

     

Referrals to Health and Social Services, Counseling and Work Programs

  • The ELL program wants to help families connect to  a network of community services providers offering assistance with health, social services, counseling, education, and work programs. We are happy to refer families to any number of these opportunities.

    To find out more, contact:


    Katie Bisson
    Teacher Expert
    (907) 742-4358
    bisson_katie@asdk12.org