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
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.