Why a Newcomer Academy?

Centralized services and supports to maximize resources for students and families

  • Smaller class sizes
  • Specific scheduling cohorts
  • Bilingual teachers and paraeducators
  • Bilingual Social Worker
  • Community outreach and resources (e.g. housing, medical, food)
  • Targeted interventions
  • Targeted presentations and trainings
  • Focus on “wrap around” with students and families - beyond academics
  • Integrated supports in non-ELD required courses
  • Free transportation for Westlake and Thousand Oaks High School students.

The Newcomer Academy allows for reduced graduation credits for those newly arrived to U.S. as juniors and seniors or a 5th year of high school.

The Newcomer Academy

The Newcomer Academy is located at the Newbury Park High School campus. The academy started during the 2021-2022 school year and it is open to all newcomer students who reside within the Conejo Valley Unified School’s District’s boundaries. A newcomer student is an English Learner who is currently enrolled in a United States school within the last two years and is at the emerging stage of English proficiency.

How Students are Identified, Informed and Enrolled

  • A newcomer student is a student who has been in the U.S. 2 years or less and is at Level 1 (Beginning) in learning English
  • Information flyers highlighting the benefits of enrolling in the Newcomer Academy are provided to the student and their parents/guardians upon enrollment in their neighborhood high school
  • The High School Counselor and Academy Social Worker meet with family to talk about the Newcomer resources, supports and services
  • Families can opt-in to the Newcomer Academy
  • Students at Westlake High School and Thousand Oaks High School who opt-in to Academy are provided with free transportation
  • Students can return to their neighborhood school after 2 years in the Academy, or are welcome to remain at Newbury Park High School after if they choose
  • Continuous enrollment possible throughout the year


Norma Lopez-Magaña
Social Worker
805-498-3676 ext. 1021 (Office)
805-660-3864 (Cell Phone)

Edith Cortes
805-498-3676 ext. 1020 (Office)

Steve Lepire
Newbury High School Principal

Ricardo Araiza
Director of Multilingual Learners and Equity
(805) 497-9511 ext. 3350