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Helping Newcomer Immigrant and Refugee Students Register for Secondary School

A clear, comprehensive secondary school registration process can ensure that newcomer immigrant and refugee students receive appropriate supports, credits, and course placements. Newcomer immigrant and refugee students bring assets, such as emerging bilingualism, that can benefit themselves and their U.S.-born peers, but they may also face systemic barriers depending on their unique history with formal education, English proficiency, and potentially traumatic home country experiences. Schools can uplift these strengths and reduce barriers by implementing a registration process that is thorough, culturally sensitive, and grounded in an asset-based approach. This tool outlines a peer-reviewed research-based registration process for secondary school.