About Academy of World Languages

Mission

Academy of World Languages (AWL) will prepare students for a globally linked society through excellence in world languages, cultural studies and high academic standards.  

AWL is a PreK-8 magnet school providing a diverse cultural climate and world-language learning opportunities including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and English as a Second Language (ESL). Our staff and students represent over 35 nationalities and languages. AWL takes language learning seriously.

Community Learning Centers

For our schools to transform, our communities must be revitalized. For our communities to revitalize, our schools must be transformed. They are dependent on each other and Community Learning Centers are the link.

What is a Community Learning Center (CLC)?

Schools and the communities they serve are closely linked. Seldom does one succeed without the success of the other. That's why our CLCs support student achievement, enrich and revitalize communities, and maximize the community's return on their financial investment.

We are very proud to be a CLC and a neighborhood anchor. We strive to go beyond academics to focus on the whole child by serving as a hub for community services that are available to all students, their families and the entire community. We are able to offer a variety services thanks to the collaboration and support of our many partners and the committed community of Evanston.

Community Learning Center Institute also provides an Enrichment Coordinator, Lizzy Slusher, to offer free after-school programming three days a week for students in grades K-8. The “Dragon Zone” program features a variety of clubs that offer academic enrichment, mentoring, the chance to explore extracurricular interests such as art, sports, and technology, and much more!

Our Resource Coordinator

Jill Smith is the Resource Coordinator for Academy of World Languages.

The key component of a CLC is the partners who provide services and support. To manage and align these valuable partnerships, our full-time, on-site Resource Coordinator, Jill Smith plays an integral role in the success of the Community Learning Center.

To learn more about the services available at our school or how your company or organization can become a CLC partner or volunteer, please contact Jill Smith at (513) 363-7820 or via email.

AWL’s Family Engagement Coordinator, Liz Gottmer — The Family Engagement Coordinator works to promote a welcoming environment for all AWL families and engage them in our school community. She is also responsible for ensuring effective and consistent communication between staff and parents, and providing parents with the support they need to be informed and active partners in their children’s education. You can contact Liz at (513) 363-7812.

AWL's Family Peer Support Provider, Melissa Hadley — Family Peer Support Providers are parent coaches/mentors who have firsthand experience in addressing the needs of their children in the educational setting and navigating through systems and services to do so. They offer knowledge, guidance, and support to parents in need, and link them to resources and services. You can reach Melissa at (513) 363-7837.

Local School Decision-Making Committee (LSDMC)

LSDMC is a group of parents, teachers and community representatives. The group functions in an advisory role to the principal, to determine program, policy and budget issues for the school.

School Visits and Tours

We welcome visits from parents and guardians as well as prospective families who would like a tour. To protect student safety, all visitors must register in the office before going to the classroom. Parents/guardians who would like a conference with their child's teacher must schedule an appointment with the teacher.

Tours are also available on request. To schedule a tour, stop by our main office or call us at (513) 363-7800.