San Jacinto Junior High is home to a diverse population of regular ed and English Language Learners. It has been the home of the Midland ISD Junior High Newcomers Academy for the past 4 years. The Newcomer Academy is a special program that services students, from all over the district, who have not received the majority of their education in the United States. Generally, these students have been receiving an English education for less than 2 years. Coinciding with the tremendous growth in the city of Midland, the Newcomers Academy has also grown. Currently SJ has Newcomer students from Mexico, Russia, Vietnam, Columbia, Venezuela, Burma, and China. In the past, SJ has also had students from Chile and Thailand. San Jacinto, as well as the 3 other junior highs in Midland also service regular English Language Learners.
At the junior high level, all students are taught English, Math, Science, and Social Studies in English, including Newcomers. Research has shown, that students with a strong academic background in their first language, can quickly attain a second language and after 1-2 years be successful in regular ed classes.
The task of educating both regular English speaking students, regular ESL students, and Newcomers, requires a very special group of educators. At San Jacinto, staff are chosen and given advanced training in sheltered instruction methodologies. These strategies benefit all students.