Anoka-Hennepin ISD# 11
English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
Welcome Students, Parents, Teachers,
Administrators, Staff and Guests!
The primary goal of the ESL Program is to help students to use U.S. academic English, understand the culture of U.S. schools, and be successful learners.
In our program, students will understand:
Which students should be part of the ESL Program?
A student should be assessed for the ESL program if:
Students will be assessed on their reading, writing, and speaking skills in U.S. English.
Where are students assessed for ESL?
Students who meet the criteria are assessed at
Family Welcome Center
763-433-4680 (Main Line)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30A.M.-4:00P.M.
What happens after students are assessed?
Not Eligible - If a student is not eligible for ESL services based on his/her test scores, families will schedule a registration meeting with their child's school. The student will not receive English support from ESL staff.
Is Eligible - If a student is eligible for ESL services based on his/her test scores, the test information is shared with the assigned school offering ESL support. Families will also meet with their child's school. Free transportation is provided for students to attend an ESL center-based site.
Who is responsible for teaching English Learners?
Most English Learners receive the majority of their instruction in mainstream classrooms.
ESL teachers provide support in a variety of ways depending on student need. Some of these are:
How do students leave the ESL program?
A student must show proficiency in English by: