National Origin Minority students, those students whose first language is not English, are administered a stateā€approved English language proficiency test to determine eligibility and placement in the appropriate courses listed below.

The instructional focus of ESL classes is to teach language acquisition skills: Reading, writing, listening and speaking to English language learners in appropriately leveled classes. Instruction is provided in linguistic complexity, vocabulary usage and language control at each level.

The Mission of the Juntos Program is to help Latino students achieve high school graduation and attend higher education. Juntos at SSHS is a partnership between CCS, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service, and Juntos NC.

Juntos means "Together" in Spanish and works to unite community partners to provide Latino youth and their parents with knowledge, skills, and resources to prevent youth from dropping out and to encourage families to work together to gain access to college.

Our Juntos program has 4 components:

  • Juntos 4-H Club (meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays after school in room 126)
  • One on one Success Coaching
  • Parent Involvement (Family Nights are hosted 6 times a year)
  • Summer Enrichment Activities

Juntos is open to any student who is interested in joining. Parent events are bilingual, in English and Spanish.

Click on the icon to the left to find out more information about the statewide organization or visit

ESL Department Faculty

Mary Hancock:

Holly Ellwanger:

Mabelisse Hernandez: