Sophomore Howard Deng, a transfer student from China who recently moved to West Covina, has been scoring higher than average in his ELD class.
Deng has been at WCHS, his first American high school, for over a year and a half now. Deng has made an extremely smooth transition into the United States school system with AP classes and a GPA of over 4.0.
Deng’s ELD teacher Grace Kim has nothing but good things to say about him.
“Howard is always willing to help other students. He always wants to learn more and once he understands a subject he reviews the subject again and again.”
Deng is very grateful to Kim for her help.
“My ELD teacher is very supportive and encourages me to work on my spelling and grammar. She helps me tremendously on perfecting my English and getting better. I am so thankful,” said Deng.
Deng is diligent and is always trying his best in class. He scores above average and has tested out of ELD 1 into ELD 3, which is incredible and very rare.
“Through the ELD program my English has become much better. I am determined to learn English because I know it will help me and my family in the future,” Deng said.
After graduating high school, Deng hopes to apply for scholarships and attend a UC.
“I really want to be a part of the American college life and make even more friends and have more experiences,” he added.
At school, Deng is a part of Interact and enjoys club meetings and outings. He says he has adjusted well and has made many friends. He likes his new life at WCHS and has experienced little culture shock.
“I like the way everyone is friends here. I’ve been able to meet a lot of new people who open my eyes to new things. It’s not the same here as back where I’m from, but it wasn’t too hard to get used to everything.”
When comparing China to here, he says the biggest difference is the workload.
“Back in China it’s always study, study, study- every teacher gives lots of homework. Here people have more free time. It’s refreshing.”
On his new-found down time, Deng enjoys playing video games and socializing.
“Now that I have more time to do what I want, I get to do things I like, like playing video games or be with friends.”
Deng hopes to become more involved throughout his next two years at WCHS and is looking forward to graduation and college.
This article was originally posted by Newsbytes Online.