Couldn't be more proud of the great work of our students and staff during our last Global Homecoming. Here's a district article exploring how our efforts supported the deeper learning of our students!

JCPS Home Twitter campaign

Newcomer Academy is excited to launch the #JCPSHome Twitter campaign in conjunction with our Global Homecoming Celebration. Share your story and picture with a tweet!

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What is the Newcomer Academy?

The goal of the ESL Newcomer Academy is to provide a welcoming and respectful environment to meet the needs of sixth through tenth grade English language learners (ELLs) in the Jefferson County Public School district. All students at the academy are beginning English speakers, and most are in their first year of instruction in a U.S. school. Many of our students have had limited or interrupted educational experiences in their native countries. ESL Newcomer Academy students go to a different middle or high school with an ESL program after one to three semesters at the Newcomer Academy.

As ESL Newcomer Academy experiences unprecedented growth, we have expanded our campus to accommodate ever-growing enrollment. Currently, many of our sixth through eighth graders are served at satellites located at Phoenix School of Discovery and Gheens Academy. Click on any map below for directions.

ESL Newcomer Academy
4018 W. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40212
(502) 485-6324

Phoenix School of Discovery
3741 Pulliam Dr.
Louisville, KY 40218
(502) 485-7700

Gheens Academy
4425 Preston Hwy.
Louisville, KY 40213
(502) 485-3494


To provide a welcoming and respectful environment that meets the unique linguistic, academic, and social/emotional needs of sixth-through tenth-grade English Language Learners (ELLs) in the JCPS District. These students typically are in their first year of instruction in a U.S. school. They are usually at the beginning levels of English proficiency and may have had limited, or interrrupted, educational experiences in their native countries.


As a community, by using an intensive curriculum and research-based instructional strategies, we collaborate to promote the language and academic skills needed for successful transition to other classrooms and meaningful participation in our community.