High School Newcomer Program
Students who have been in the US for less than one year AND score Level 1 on the placement test may be eligible for a newcomer program.
Newcomer programs are designed to jump-start students new to the school system in the United States. Students receive intensive English language development support while learning about a new culture and school.
The goal is to gain basic English proficiency and then transfer to the neighborhood school with continued English language development (ELD) support.
Newcomer Program Site
- Portland International Scholars Academy (PISA) located at Benson High School.
Newcomer Program Model
- Students have the opportunity to take Newcomer classes with other students who are new to the United States and have beginning English proficiency.
- Students receive English language instruction in Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and Science using content-based English Language instruction.
- Students earn high school credit while taking core classes
The Newcomer program is optional. Parents may choose for their student to receive English Learner Services at their neighborhood school.