Richmond High School is set to unveil the opening of its “Internationals Academy” on Thursday, which is described as “an academic pathway to college and English fluency for newcomer students.”
The program, a partnership between the West Contra Costa Unified School District and the Internationals Network, aims to “provide students new to the country the opportunity to adapt to a new culture, learn English and take classes that prepare them for college and beyond,” the district said.
It will be the only program of its kind in Contra Costa County and just the third west of the Mississippi River, and is designed to serve “recently arrived immigrant and refugee English Learners,” the district said.
“The program is intended to ensure the newcomers reach high levels of academic achievement and complete the requirements to attend college when they graduate from high school,” according to the district.
An event will be held Thursday at the school that will include district officials and Algebra teacher Erick Gutierrez, a Kennedy High grad and former newcomer student.
Gutierrez plans to “talk about the program and what it means for him to teach students in the same situation he was in,” the district said, adding that two recently immigrated students will also attend to share their thoughts about the program and their experiences.