Newcomer Programs in OUSD

  • ELLMA supports the growth and development of programs that meet the demands of increasing Newcomer Student enrollment through specialized programs that:


    • Are developed based on research and professional development for newcomer teachers and leaders;
    • Ensure access to culturally sensitive mental health, health, legal services and other social services for newcomer students and their families;
    • Align policies and resources for Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth, Refugee & Asylee and other Newcomer students.


    Newcomer Program Executive Summary

  •  Newcomer program
    Newcomer Programs are located at specific elementary and secondary sites in OUSD. They include the baseline ELAP instructional program as well as the Universal Newcomer Supports, but they provide deeper and more intensive support in:
    • the early levels of language acquisition
    • carefully scaffolded content learning
    • important cultural knowledge
    • social emotional learning and support
    The school site also cooperates with agencies outside the school to provide additional needed support to the student and their families.
    • Elementary Schools: Bridges, Franklin, Garfield
    • Middle Schools: Alliance, Bret Harte, Frick Impact Academy, Melrose Leadership Academy, Urban Promise Academy, Roosevelt, Westlake
    • High Schools: Bret Harte (9th Grade only), Castlemont, Fremont, Oakland High, Oakland International High School
    • Continuation School: Rudsdale Continuation School (new as of 2017-18)
    • Longer Elementary and Secondary Designated English Language Development.
    • Extended learning opportunities, such as after school programs and summer enrichment, designed for newcomers and integrated with the rest of the student body.
    • Targeted services for newcomers integrated into the site COST process to address non-academic needs that may impede learning.  These services may include mental health, health and wellness services, family engagement, mentorship, legal assistance, and other services.
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  • Tom Hughes is the Director of Newcomer and ELL programs for OUSD. Email:


    Nate Dunstan is the Program Manager, Newcomer and Refugee/Asylee Services. Email:


    Stephanie Noriega is the Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth Specialist for OUSD. Email:

  • Universal Supports
    All OUSD sites must provide baseline Universal Newcomer Supports, which add to the baseline ELAP instruction. For example,a robust intake process at the school and additional Designated English Language Development each day. 
    Where: All schools with newcomers will have universal supports.
    • Special attention to literacy development and early reading skills as needed
    • At least 2 periods daily of specialized Designated and Integrated ELD
    • Leverage of primary language in teaching
    • Provide structure opportunities to collaborate with advanced ELLs and EO students
    • More Targeted scaffolding
    • Extended learning opportunities including after school programs and summer school that targets newcomers
    • Counseling provided for newcomers who have experience trauma