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A Day With A Sixth-Grader: How One School Supports A High-Needs Student

Gabriel Salcedo / KQED

Eleven-year-old Carlos Delrio participates in a group discussion in his sixth grade classroom at Oak Ridge Elementary.

Gabriel Salcedo / KQED

Ana Tintocalis | The California Report

I meet 11-year-old Carlos Delrio at the back of campus at Oak Ridge Elementary, where his mom drops him off every day before school. He’s a sweet boy with a cute, pudgy face. Delrio is a superhero fanatic, always carrying around a pack of trading cards with his favorite caped crusaders.

Today, we head to his sixth-grade class where his teacher, Sarah Wagner, greets us and the other students outside her door.

“Good morning Carlos,” says Wagner, with a handshake and a smile.

Delrio is one of about 200 students at Oak Ridge considered an English language learner. There are 500 students in all at the school. Delrio speaks Spanish at home, and has a hard time reading and writing in English. He also has a learning disability, so it takes him longer to understand certain concepts.

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