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ELS: Newcomer Academy

  • Newcomer Academies serve students who are new to the United States. Newcomers spend their first year building basic English communication skills in English language development (ELD) classes while working on core courses. Newcomer ELD classes provide intensive English instruction for newcomers, focusing on vocabulary and grammar development, and English literacy skills. 

    English-Language-Learning students and their parents/guardians are provided with appropriate programs, instruction, and opportunities to attend schools and programs staffed with highly qualified, specially trained professionals. A variety of resources and programs are available to limited English speaking students: 

    English as a Second Language Pullout provides skill-focused individual English instruction. 
    English as a Second Language with Native Language Support provides content area tutoring with a bilingual paraprofessional who speaks the child’s native language. 
    English as a Second Language Newcomer Centers are available for secondary students with little exposure to English. 
    ● In Sheltered Instruction classes, content area teachers modify instruction for comprehension.

    Additional information is available by contacting English Learner Services at 405-587-0172. 


  • For newcomers whose home school is a Newcomer Academy, students enroll directly at their school site. (School Locator Tool ) Students slated to transfer to a Newcomer Academy should enroll through English Learner Services.  All standard enrollment procedures should be completed, plus the Newcomer Intake Tasks: 

    • Complete all standard enrollment forms
    • Set up transportation as needed  
    • Age check (age on September 1 of the current school year determines student grade) 
    • Student receives Newcomer Packet and relevant tutorials (IC login, bus and uniform information)

Notice of Non-Discrimination

  • The Oklahoma City Public School District (OKCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, alienage, veteran, parental, family and marital status in its programs and activities, or in its employment decisions, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. Learn More >