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Director’s Reflections on 25 years
ALPS was formed 25 years ago when a group of teachers came together to offer a unique, personalized approach to teaching English. We started small, and have stayed small – by choice. Our combination of small group classes and private lessons have helped a diverse range of students from around the globe to achieve a wide variety of goals. Successful College, University and graduate students got their foundation in English at ALPS. Professionals who needed a personalized touch upgraded their skills here. New arrivals to Seattle, and travelers passing through joined us to hone the English skills they needed to thrive and survive in America. It has been a pleasure and privilege getting to know so many students and teachers over the years. So many lifelong friendships have formed here in the school, and even some marriages. During our 25th Anniversary year we hope to reconnect with past students, teachers, and co-workers and share some of their stories. Looking to the future, we still believe as strongly as ever in the advantage our combination of small group classes and private lessons offer our students. With ongoing improvements, and new programs to embrace the opportunities Seattle’s recent growth has offered, we’re excited for the future.

Director’s Bio
After graduating from Seattle University with a passion for languages, Peter Hauge got his first job teaching English in the People’s Republic of China in 1988. After many teaching and travel adventures, he returned to the U.S. to teach at the ELS Language Center at Seattle University in 1992. That same year, he and a small group of teachers came together to form ALPS, and the rest is part of our 25 year history.

Mission Statement

A highly motivated staff will provide balanced programs which meet English learners’ individual needs and give the students opportunities for maximal contact with the English language and American culture.


We owe our reputation to the dedicated professionals who work here. Our teachers are known for being capable friendly professionals who understand the needs of each individual student.

Student Services

Everybody who knows ALPS Language School knows that we take care of our students as if they were family. It shows in our small class size, our excellent activity program that allows us to share our beautiful city and state with each student, the care we take in advising each student about their academic and personal needs in the USA.

English Only Policy

We want everybody to practice English as much as possible. ALL students are required to speak English at all times at ALPS Language School.


ALPS Language School's courses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. ACCET is listed by the U. S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

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This school is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

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An open arms policy makes ALPS a welcoming and comfortable place to learn

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