1,100 students. 21 languages. 56 teachers. Encina Preparatory (6-12) High School serves families who come from around the world and across the street. Over one school year we explore culture, resilience, challenges and change in suburban Sacramento.
It takes Marteya Wright an hour and a half to get to school by bus each day. She spent three weeks in a homeless shelter after couch-surfing at friends’ houses. She presses on, working toward her diploma at Encina despite the obstacles. “My friends keep me motivated,” says Wright. She wants a more comfortable life, but for now she’s working hard to get through school.