At a school for newcomers, the school year always ends with more students than it started with.
The ESL Newcomer Academy is a Jefferson County public school focused on acclimating newly arrived immigrants to American life, and helping them learn English. But this year’s surge is unprecedented.
The school has experienced a more than 60 percent growth in students this year, and more students are anticipated as the school year continues. The district has been forced to open a satellite campus to accommodate the increased population.
“It has been such a rapid influx that it temporarily overwhelmed our capacity and infrastructure,” said Mike Raisor, JCPS’ chief operating officer. He said the opening of four classrooms for ESL Newcomer in the satellite campus located in the old Myers Middle building is a “temporary fix” but one that is necessary as a stop-gap measure.