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Chugach Optional AEL Program in Full Swing
The Academic English Learners (AEL) program at Chugach Optional is in full swing. From academics to sports students get to continue learning throughout the summer.
Chugach Optional Principal Clare Hill said that students in the summer program are working on core academics and also experiencing Science, Technology, Engineering,Art, and Math (STEAM) based instruction through hands-on lessons.
She said that with the help of the wonderful business partners like the Campbell Creek Science Center, Bricks 4 Kidz, Under Ground Dance Company and Gamers Baseball Alaska students in the program are given this amazing opportunity to continue to grow and learn throughout the summer months.
The summer program helps students with enhancing their academics and language, while also enjoying STEAM instruction, hip hop classes, baseball, friendship and more.
The program has 300 students in kindergarten through sixth-grade. Hill said that the AEL program serves English learners and new to the country students.
"This program has been going on for five years," said Hill. "The strength of the program is that it not only supports students in language development and building strength in their academic areas, but it is so enjoyable for the children. They love being here and feel more connected to their community."
This program is one of the most diverse summer programs in Anchorage.
"Children come from all over the world. In one classroom there will be children from 10-15 different countries," said Hill. "It is a beautifully diverse school."