ERIC Number: ED480677
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Immigrant Students, Urban High Schools: The Challenge Continues. 2003 Carnegie Challenge.
This paper explores three programs that are innovatively helping U.S. immigrant students become educated, productive, full-fledged citizens. New York's International High School at LaGuardia Community College, which serves immigrant students only, has extremely high attendance and graduation rates. A top priority is increasing personalization for these students. The same adults stay with the same students for 2 years. Classrooms are designed to bring students together. Intense English language instruction is provided. Houston's Lee High School serves predominantly immigrants. Its campus is completely restructured into 10 mostly self-contained communities so teachers can get to know students well. The Houston Independent School District is using the First Things First framework in three high schools, which breaks large schools down into smaller learning environments to support individual students. A family advocate meets individually with students and parents to discuss personal and school issues. North Carolina's Sanderson High School emphasizes English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to help immigrants catch up and graduate with their peers. In other areas of North Carolina, backlash against immigrants has been significant. All three schools described in this paper have created small school settings, strengthened ESL instruction, fostered one-on-one contact between students and adults, and encouraged input from students' teachers. (Contains 10 endnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Disadvantaged Youth, Diversity (Student), Educational Environment, English (Second Language), Ethnic Bias, High School Students, Immigrants, Immigration, Secondary Education, Small Schools, Standardized Tests, Student Motivation, Teacher Student Relationship
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York; North Carolina; Texas