• The World Languages department prepares students linguistically and culturally to live and work harmoniously in multilingual communities at home and around the world. Use the links below to learn more about the languages and programs offered at each level.

  • Elementary Programs

    The Anchorage School District offers opportunities for students to begin study of another language in some of the elementary schools. There are several language immersion program schools within the district, as well as a few FLES (Foreign Langage in the Elementary School) programs to select from. 


    Dual Language Immersion Programs

    Students are immersed for half of their day in a second language environment while continuing to learn core subjects (i.e., science, social studies, and math). Students have a "team" of two teachers: a native or near-native speaker of the second language (immersion), and an English-speaking partner teacher.


    Schools which offer Dual Langiage Immersion Programs: 

    • Chugiak Elementary (Spanish)
    • College Gate (Yup'ik)
    • Government Hill Elementary (Spanish)
    • Rilke Schule Charter School (German)
    • Sand Lake Elementary (Japanese)
    • Scenic Park (Mandarin Chinese)
    • Turnagain (Russian) 


    FLES Programs

    Students receive lessons in language and culture with a native or near-native speaker 1-3 times per week.

    Schools which offer FLES Programs:

    • Aquarian (Spanish) 
    • Scenic Park (Mandarin Chinese)
    • Winterberry (Spanish)




  • Secondary Programs

    Middle School

    Students enroll in two-year elective courses that are taught with district-adopted curriculum and materials. Students who complete the two years at middle school are prepared for high school Level II or III. Exploratory semester-long courses are offered at some schools in which students receive an introductory experience to language and culture.


    High School

    The World Languages program offers various language options to secondary students. All high schools offer French, German, and Spanish. Japanese, Russian, and Chinese are offered at some schools.