April 15, 2024
Mountain Empire Excessive. Picture credit score: Display screen shot, Google Road View

Cuyamaca School is increasing a six-year partnership with Mountain Empire Unified
Faculty District to supply courses to residents of East County’s again nation.

Since 2018, college students at Mountain Empire Excessive Faculty have been capable of take college-level English as a Second Language (ESL) courses taught by highschool academics who’re employed on as adjunct professors at Cuyamaca.

Starting in April, college-level little one improvement courses provided in Campo will likely be open to all again nation residents. The ESL and little one improvement courses will likely be obtainable this fall in Campo and Potrero.

“We’re not simply educating a scholar who simply graduated from highschool,” mentioned Jessica Robinson, president of Cuyamaca School. “We’re educating households.”

Patrick Keeley, superintendent of the Mountain Empire district, mentioned the faculty courses
present entry to training to residents who in any other case could be unable to journey 40 miles or extra to attend Cuyamaca School in Rancho San Diego.

“The extra alternatives you create for all the group helps increase the alternatives for the youngsters locally,” Keeley mentioned.

ESL courses provided at Mountain Empire Excessive permit college students to earn highschool and
school credit score on the identical time. Greater than 29% of the scholars on the college are English learners.

As an alternative of textbooks, college students within the courses learn texts equivalent to non-fiction articles or basic literature equivalent to Fahrenheit 451.

About 72% of English learners at Mountain Empire who took an English language proficiency check elevated at the very least one degree from the 2021-22 educational yr to 2022-23. That compares to 47.5% statewide.

All the scholars within the ESL courses graduated in 2018, and 95.8% graduated in 2019.

The eight-week little one improvement course being provided in April will likely be held on the Camp Lockett Studying Lab in Campo (previously Camp Lockett Center Faculty) and on-line.

Keeley mentioned the college district now runs 4 preschools and is planning to open two extra toddler preschools, so the necessity for little one improvement staff is nice.

Manuel Mancillas-Gomez, a Cuyamaca School ESL teacher and Educational Senate president who lives in Potrero, each helps the courses being provided for again nation residents and needs to review the scenario additional.

He will likely be taking a sabbatical within the fall to analysis the feasibility of making a again nation satellite tv for pc web site for Cuyamaca School that would supply a variety of school programs.

“It’s a group with enormous wants,” Mancillas-Gomez mentioned. “They’re completely underserved.”

Robinson mentioned Cuyamaca School is exploring what packages could possibly be provided at such a web site.

“We’re simply to start with phases of what this might seem like,” she mentioned. “We care about them and we would like them to be our college students.”