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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One School. One Year.

Explore culture, resilience, challenges and change in a suburban Sacramento high school, where many of the students speak a language other than English.

First Year

June 14, 2017 | Andrew Nixon

The first year at a new school can be challenging for students. Katie Silaj is finding out it’s the same for teachers.

Basketball Game Unites Diverse Encina Community

May 4, 2017 | Steve Milne

Encina Preparatory High School students may have cultural differences with alumni who attended in the 1960s and '70s when the neighborhood was more affluent. But ever year they get together to play a basketball game - the school's biggest fundraiser.

A Year At Encina: Storytelling Project

April 5, 2017

The staff and students of Encina Preparatory High School deal with extraordinary challenges on a daily basis. Through the #YearAtEncina storytelling project, they share their hopes, dreams and struggles at school and in life.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Sacramento School Sees ‘Advocacy’ As A Stepping Stone To Success

March 16, 2017 | Julia Mitric

After Encina Prep was flagged as a failing school, teachers and administrators re-designed the entire school day around a model known as Advocacy. Five years later, teachers say they see a stronger school community. But test scores remain flat.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

When Soccer Is The Common Language

March 3, 2017 | Andrew Nixon | Joanne Serrieh

Nineteen students make up Encina Preparatory High School’s varsity men’s soccer team. Four different languages are spoken by team members: Arabic, English, Spanish and Kinyarwanda, the language spoken in Rwanda. But, language isn't a barrier.

The First Person You See

February 9, 2017 | Andrew Nixon

Encina High School's front desk receptionist speaks five languages. He uses all of them on a daily basis in his job. Haidar Ali Moradi says he's a member of the community and a refugee who is struggling to make a better life in America.