Information for Supporting Newcomers and Refugees


Who are newcomers? 

The U.S. Department of Education defines “newcomers” as foreign-born students and their families who have recently arrived in the United States.

The California Department of Education (CDE) explains that it is possible for a newcomer student to be considered a refugee, SIFE (student with interrupted formal education), and an English learner. Click here for more information from the CDE.

Who are refugees?

A refugee is a person who has fled his or her country of origin because of past persecution or a fear of future persecution based upon race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 2015).

Rafael Olavide 

Director of Multilingual Programs & ELD TK-12

[email protected]

Monica Aguirre

Newcomer Resource Teacher

[email protected]

760-724-6783 ext. 92155

Angelica Puga

Newcomer Resource Teacher

angeli[email protected]

760-724-6783 ext. 92171

Home Resources for Supporting Newcomers and Refugees:

Recursos para apoyar a los recién llegados y refugiados en el hogar:

 English Resources  Spanish - Resources  Resources  Resources  Resources

Teacher Resources for Supporting Newcomers and Refugees:

Teacher Resources 

U.S. Department of Education Newcomer Toolkit

Research-Based Recommendations: How to Support Newcomers in Secondary

Helping Newcomers Succeed in Secondary School and Beyond - Center for Applied Linguistics

Californians Together: Support for Immigrant and Refugee Students: link to website

Guides to Supporting Refugee Students: link to website

How to Support Refugee Students in your school community: link to website

Elementary Newcomers and Refugee Typologies (image below): Link