English Learner Programs

Summer ESL Academy (SESLA)

  • Program Description:
    Newcomer English Learners (EL) exiting grades K-7 will be invited to participate in SESLA.  During this three-week program, students will engage in a project-based curriculum that supports math, literacy, and English language skills. In addition, workshops for families will be provided to support academic and social resources. 

    Develop English language reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills
    Develop math skills
    Build relationships with teachers, students, and families

    Where: Carpenter Elementary

    Dates: June 20th through July 7th
    Monday - Friday (no school on 7/3 and 7/4
    8:30am - 12:30pm (breakfast and lunch provided) 

    Enrollment: Enrollment is by invitation only based on student data.

             Questions?  Please contact:  SESLA Principal: Sue Zahul at aaps_sesla@aaps.k12.mi.us 

EL Bridge Summer Program

  • For questions, please contact Amina Allen, PhD at allena@aaps.k12.mi.us

    The EL Bridge program is designed for exiting 8th grade and recently arrived high school English Learners to earn 0.5 elective credit while getting exposure to academic and social opportunities to help them successfully transition to high school. The main objectives of EL Bridge include:

    • Building English language skills in the core content areas with a specific focus in Language Arts through a variety of activities rooted in SIOP;
    • Preparing for a successful transition into high school for incoming 9th graders and newcomers, including refugees and students with limited or interrupted formal schooling (SLIFES); and
    • Establishing school knowledge (school skills, school resources, communication with teachers, etc.) for EL students to use in order to advocate for their school-based needs.


    By invitation. Exiting 8th grade and recently arrived high school ELs found eligible are extended an invitation. Enrollment in EL Bridge is by invitation based on English Learner assessment data. Parents of invited students will receive a communication with instructions on how to indicate their desire to participate in the program.


    June 20th through July 7th (no school on 7/3 and 7/4) @ Carpenter Elementary