The View From Here: A Year At Encina

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. This year we explore culture, resilience, challenges and change in suburban Sacramento.

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A Leader Who Is Not Loud

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | Permalink

When Jazmin Mortera Aguilar started school at Encina Preparatory (6-12) High School in Sacramento, she found a piece of home in her chemistry class. The language was similar to what she already knew from school in Mexico. The English she learned as a child didn’t prepare her for navigating life in the United States as a teenager. School has not been easy.

Jazmin lives near Encina with her mother. When neighbors learned she was going to attend the school, they warned her that Encina students fight too much and it’s just a bad place. Jazmin’s experience of Encina was different than what she’d heard. She found support from staff and students. More than that, she is finding her voice as a leader among her classmates.

Elizabeth Ramirez

Intern, The View From Here

Elizabeth Ramirez graduated from Sac State with a BA in journalism and a minor in Women’s Studies in 2012. She is currently a photography student at Sacramento City College and an intern for The View from Here.  Read Full Bio 

Andrew Nixon

Multimedia Producer

Multimedia Producer Andrew Nixon illustrates CapRadio’s Web content with visual journalism including still photos and videos. He works in the news and information department, and on CapRadio’s documentary program, “The View From Here.”  Read Full Bio