Equity & Diversity

D.C. Charter Serving Adult English-Learners Earns National Honor

By Lesli A. Maxwell — December 11, 2013 1 min read

The first charter school in the nation to serve adult learners—and one that specifically serves immigrants—was recently honored for its work by the Migration Policy Institute.

The Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, in the District of Columbia, has been around for more than 40 years, evolving from a neighborhood English-as-a-second-language program into a charter school that serves about 3,000 students each year. The school, which has been a charter since 1998, now offers adult basic education and workforce training, along with ESL courses and a range of support services.

The Migration Policy Institute recognized the school, along with three other immigrant-serving organizations, for its achievements in helping immigrants integrate into their adopted communities.

Carlos Rosario has served adult learners who hail from 78 countries, and speak more than 35 different languages. It was also singled out in a report earlier this year for its success in helping English-language learners reach proficiency in the language.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.