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This capstone explored how ELLs experience an alternative online secondary school. The sub-questions included: How successful do students feel as online learners? How do students engage with online learning and what strategies do students use to be successful with an online curriculum? Little research exists regarding online curricula, and even less that specifically focuses on ELLs in this unique learning environment. Data collection consisted of a questionnaire, an observational journal, and interviews with focal participants. Major findings included: ELLs are largely successful at using the online curriculum, and when they are not, they knew what roads blocks were keeping them from making progress in their classes. The larger implications of this study are to increase knowledge of online learning and for teachers and administrators to know how to better support students while they are using the online curriculum.