NEW - Return to School Resources
DPS will continue to meet Consent Decree requirements so that ELs receive appropriate instruction and families are supported throughout full in-person, remote or hybrid learning. To find ELA-specific resources for the Return to School, please visit our Return to School Resource page. You can find districtwide resources here.
About English Language Acquisition (ELA)
At DPS, the many diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds that our students bring to the classroom enrich our schools. DPS believes every student’s home language and culture are assets that, combined with English language skills, help students achieve success in school and life.
The English Language Acquisition (ELA) department works with schools to create programs in which all students graduate valuing cultural and linguistic diversity and are able to use their native languages and cultures as assets.
What we do
Through our Accountability and Data Management, Program Design and Development, Program Implementation and Effectiveness, and Strategic Initiatives teams, we provide guidance, resources, training and support to ensure that all schools can provide equitable and rigorous learning environments for their English Learners (ELs).
DPS has over 35,000 ELs in ECE to 12th grade. These students enrich the linguistic palette of our city with the sounds of more than 200 languages spoken across the district. Spanish is the home language for the majority of ELs in DPS. Other top languages include Arabic, Vietnamese, Amharic, Somali, Nepali, French, Russian and Burmese.