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.

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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.

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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.

Encina's Angel Network Supports College-Bound Students

November 1, 2016 | Steve Milne

Encina Preparatory High School has one of the region’s highest dropout rates. Barely 1 in 2 graduate on time. But the school’s teachers, staff and a group of people known as “angels” are working to change that and finding success.

A Leader Who Is Not Loud

November 1, 2016 | Andrew Nixon | Elizabeth Ramirez

Jazmin Mortera Aguilar arrived from Mexico when she was 15 years old and enrolled in Encina High School. Her English Language Development class includes students who speak seven of the school's 21 languages. She is a quiet, confident leader.