With 1,100 students speaking 56 different languages, Encina Prep is one of the most ethnically diverse schools in the region with a long history of producing extraordinary talent, from a Nobel Prize winner to professional athletes.
However, the school has been struggling severely academically; barely half of students graduate on time. And 92 percent of students are considered socioeconomically disadvantaged.
Over the past year, Capital Public Radio has documented life on campus through radio features, video profiles, Instagram stories, and will open an exhibit at the California Museum this fall about Encina this fall.
Multimedia producer Andrew Nixon discusses his reporting for the project alongside Barry Roth, the coordinator of community schools at Encina.