Celebrating DC Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

The fishbowl meeting room on the first floor of the Wilson Building was packed, standing room only and crowds spilling out into hallways on both sides. In celebration of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 22-27, a coalition of more than 200 adult education providers and learners came together for a panel discussion and… Read more »

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Meet Lilo Gonzalez

Lilo Gonzalez is a musician and songwriter based in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood in Washington, DC. He came to the US from El Salvador in the 1980s as a refugee of the civil war. Looking to improve his son’s quality of life, he started working as soon as he arrived. “I got here on a… Read more »

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Meet Vilma Granados

As a teenager the education of Salvadoran native Vilma Granados was disrupted by the brutal civil war raging in her country in the 1980s. After warring factions shut down the school in her town, Vilma came to the U.S. to study and to work. When she first arrived in 1984, she spoke no English. That… Read more »


364 graduates for 2014

This June we celebrated the successes of three hundred sixty-four students from ESL, GED, citizenship, and career training programs! This included a record 64 GED graduates and 99 elementary and middle school diplomas earned through the Carlos Rosario Plaza Comunitaria program in partnership with the Mexican Consulate. During her welcoming remarks President and Founder Sonia Gutierrez acknowledged… Read more »


Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Heritage

The month of May was packed with events and extracurricular activities celebrating the Asian Pacific heritage of the Carlos Rosario School’s student body and staff. Professionals from the Chinese Community Cultural Center came to both campuses to give multiple Tai Chi classes, while Taiko drummer Mark H. Rooney taught an interactive workshop about this Japanese… Read more »


Renowned Chefs Share Their Knowledge with the Carlos Rosario School Community

This spring chef ambassadors from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) came to the Carlos Rosario School to share their expertise with students, alumni and local chefs. The first day culinary arts students got up close and personal with the chefs working side-by-side in the Marriott culinary arts lab to assist the chefs in preparing… Read more »


International Youth Leaders visit the Carlos Rosario School

The Carlos Rosario School was delighted to host 28 international high school students April 1st and 2nd, as part of the Workshop for Youth Leaders in Teaching of English, a program of the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The visitors, who are living with host families in the US, observed ESL classes at… Read more »


Committed to Informing the Community about Healthcare

Over the past year the Carlos Rosario School hosted a number of events to inform students and community members about affordable healthcare options and through joint efforts sign people up for health insurance. Through these efforts we helped more than 300 people get health insurance, prompting Vice President Joe Biden to make a surprise visit… Read more »


Meet Juan Carlos Miranda

Carlos Rosario School student Juan Carlos Miranda, a Honduran native, grew up between the homes of different family members. When his studies suffered from all the moving, Juan Carlos eventually quit having only completed up to 3rd grade. At age 21 Juan Carlos came to the U.S. to join his brother in search of a… Read more »

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Meet Pactole Alison

In 2007 Pactole Alison – a native of Madagascar, a small island country off the southeast coast of Africa -moved to the U.S. to be with his wife, who he met during her Peace Corps volunteer service in Madagascar. Those first couple months in Washington, D.C. posed many challenges for Pactole. “When you don’t understand… Read more »