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International Passport Program

Mira Loma High School does an excellent job in preparing students who plan on attending university.  We have a world-renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) program that delivers college level work.  We have the International Studies (IS) program that delivers college preparatory work for students going to university.

In 2003, the U.S. Department of Education gave Mira Loma High School extra funds to start a new program.  We created the International Passport Program to help any MLHS student, including English Language Learners, and mainstream Special Education students who have the potential to succeed but need additional academic support. 

The Passport Program provides extra support through new classes, more personal contact with teachers, extra time with tutors, motivational guest speakers and field trips. This will help Passport students be more successful here at Mira Loma High School so that they can graduate on time, enable them to get into IS and IB classes and help prepare them for going to college.

The International Passport Program (Passport) is a community currently serving approximately 150 students that meet the academic and social needs of ELL, Special Education, and At-Risk students through support services, adult advocacy, academic learning and transition activities. The International Passport program is designed to meet the needs of students who have not been successful in school. The Passport students might be struggling with learning English as their second language. They might have learning disabilities. There may have been circumstances that caused them to fall behind in their academics. They might have had attendance or behavioral problems that put them academically behind their peers. The one thing that all Passport students have in common is a need for a little extra support and attention so that they can be successful at Mira Loma High School. Thirty seniors received Passport certification in 2016.
 

This program will be a passport into the world of academic success for Passport students   


 
The International Passport program is designed to meet the needs of students who have not been successful in school. The Passport students might be struggling with learning English as their second language. They might have learning disabilities. There may have been circumstances that caused them to fall behind in their academics. They might have had attendance or behavioral problems that put them academically behind their peers. The one thing that all Passport students have in common is a need for a little extra support and attention so that they can be successful at Mira Loma High School.

The four main goals of the Passport program are to provide support for students, to give them a sense of belonging, to give them access to full opportunities at Mira Loma and to advocate for them on campus.


SUPPORT

Passport students will learn the skills required to be successful in their academic classes. Many students come to the high school without the study and organizational skills necessary for success. Passport students will learn the seven habits of an effective teen. They will learn how to take Cornell Notes. They will be required to keep an orderly notebook for all of their academic classes. This extra support will bring higher grades in all of their classes, a better Grade Point Average and better scores on the state standardized tests.

BELONGING

The Passport students that start together in their freshman year will remain with the same group of students all of the years they are in the Passport program. This will allow them to build relationships that will be much deeper than is capable in a traditional classroom setting. These students will be able to help each other through the difficult teenage years of high school. Mira Loma High School also has some world-renowned academic programs for honors and college-bound students. The International Passport program gives struggling students an academically successful group that they can identify with. They belong to the mainstream life here at Mira Loma because their program is held in equal importance as every other program on campus. Passport students also meet together on a regular basis with other Passport students to hear guest speakers, social events and possible field trips.

ACCESS

Just because a student joins the Passport program does not mean that they have to stay in this program all four years. One of the goals of the program is to encourage Passport students to move out into the other academic programs that Mira Loma High School is so well known for. Passport students might start as freshmen because of limited English ability, but by their senior year they could receive the world-renowned International Baccalaureate diploma. Or a student that did not get good grades in their eighth grade year could start as a Passport student in their freshman year and by bringing up their grades could move into the International Studies program in their sophomore year.

ADVOCACY

Passport students will remain in their group all four years with the same teacher of their Passport elective class. This will allow them to get to know this adult better than any other adult at Mira Loma. This teacher will be their advocate on campus. Students will be able to talk to this teacher when they are having problems with any other adult or student. Students will be able to get advice on how to handle difficult situations from someone who knows them as well as knowing the other adults on campus and how the educational system works at Mira Loma. This advocacy will enable the Passport student to be more successful than if they were on his or her own.
 
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John Kuzmich
Passport Program - Coordinator
916.971.5380 x6626
 
Robert "Scott" Allen
 
Justin Ashwell
 
Aaron Brown
Passport I
 
Doug Friedman
Passport III
 
Natalie Hansen
Passport II
 
Shannon Haynes 
Passport I
 
Ken Hull
Passport III
khull@sanjuan.edu
 
Linda Knego
Passport IV
 
 
Christina Williams
Passport II
 
 
 
 
Last Modified on October 3, 2016
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