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:
  • English is used to communicate for a variety of purposes in social, cultural and academic settings.
  • English language strategies support academic achievement in content areas.
  • English language mastery requires proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Which students should be part of the ESL Program?

A student should be assessed for the ESL program if:

  • The student is from a country other than the United States of America.
  • Someone who cares for the students speaks a language other than English.
  • The student has a sibling in the ESL program.
  • The family uses a language other than English at home.
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
Coon Rapids Family Center Mall
11224 Crooked Lake Blvd. NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433                                                                      

763-433-4680 (Main Line)

763-433-4683 (Fax)

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:

  • Working with students in mainstream classes.
  • Teaching sheltered English language classes.

How do students leave the ESL program?

A student must show proficiency in English by:

  • Being successful in their mainstream classes.
  • Meeting or exceeding expectations on Minnesota state tests.