Newcomers and Refugees

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

[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
Spanish Resources
Russian Resources
Vietnamese Resources
Farsi Resources