The mission of the Newcomer Centers is to provide recent arrivers with tools that will increase their confidence and use of the English language and at the same time assist in the positive acculturation of students in the new environment so they grow to be productive navigators of society.
The Newcomer Program is a self-contained program designed to support students enrolled in Beaverton School District schools in grades 2nd -12th, who are recent arrivers in the US.
The profile of the Newcomer candidate is that of a student in grades 2nd – 12th who has some interrupted formal education and/or trauma. The student is Limited English Proficient, receiving a ELPA Screener score of 1- Emerging and a Relative Proficiency Index of 0.
Level ONE – To be considered for the Program, students MUST meet all of the conditions below:
- Student’s primary language is a language other than English
- Eligible for EL services as measured by an approved language proficiency assessment
- Enter a school in the US from grade two and above
- Receive an AQS III score between 8-14 (Significantly Less Acculturated) or 15-22 (Less Acculturated) as measured by the Acculturation Quick Screen III
- Have at least some or conditional interrupted formal education than their grade-equivalent peers; and/or, have a known traumatic experience that may impede the student’s ability to acquire language at a rate commensurate to peers, as determined by a Social Worker’s home visit assessment
Level TWO – Students may be admitted in the Program based on other pieces of data/information, such as:
- Anecdotal assessment from staff trained in working with ELs, particularly Newcomers, where there is documented evidence to show that the student is an atypical Newcomer in need of intensive language and acculturation support
- May be pre-literate in their native language; and/or
- Function at least two years below expected grade level in reading and in mathematics
- How long will students be in the Newcomer Program?
- How will students transition back to their home schools?
Students will be in the Newcomer Program until they are academically and emotionally/socially ready to enter the home school environment. This could happen at the 3-month, 6-month (semester), or 1-year mark. Students will not be at the centers for more than one year unless there is a clear rationale for keeping them in the program.
In collaboration with teachers, administrators, and parents/guardians, students will make the transition back to their home schools when there is a collaborative decision to release them. When this happens, the Newcomer Team will work with all key stakeholders (transportation, home schools, teachers, counselors and administrators) to ensure a smooth transition for the students, families and schools.
Elementary students will make the transition during natural breaks (winter, trimester, spring break, end of year, etc.) and secondary students will make the transition at the semester and end of year.