SF International High Sees Increase in Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors

Jennifer Chavac, 16, with Supervisor David Campos
and School Superintendent Richard Carranza at the first day
of school at SFIHS.
On her first day of classes at San Francisco International High School, Jennifer Chavac, an 11th grader, was busy. This is her third year at this school and she’s proven to be a dedicated student. Today, she was in charge of showing City and School District officials what her Science class is like.

Her most important task, however, was serving as a role model for the young immigrant students appearing for their first day of classes—a number that has jumped with the recent increase in unaccompanied minors coming into the United States. The Los Angeles Unified School System expected more than 1,000 new immigrant students, according to the LA Times and the same story estimated that 60,000 unaccompanied minors will be absorbed in school systems across the country.

The entry on the first day of school begins in the most mundane of ways.

“Today is about finding your way around because some teachers don’t have homerooms yet,” Chavac said.

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