Newcomer Schools and Child Migrant Integration

with Aimee Chin, Stephanie Potochnick, Kalena Cortes, Camila Cigarroa Kennedy, & Tori Thomas

Newcomer students are recent immigrants in their first year living in the U.S. The school district we are working with operates newcomer middle and high schools, which provide these immigrant students with intensive English language instruction and non-academic supports that may support their integration. Students can attend these schools for one to two years. Despite the potential benefits, newcomer schools are controversial because they separate immigrants from their native-born peers. Our study seeks to examine why newcomer students choose to attend these schools and, using quasi-experimental methods, whether these schools have positive effects on pre-college and college outcomes.