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Meet Patricia Rafagnin

Patricia first came to the U.S. from Brazil eight years ago with her husband. For the first six years in the country, she mostly stayed home with her two children. She had to rely on her husband to translate for her at her children’s medical appointments and at the grocery store. Then one day Patricia’s… Read more »


An Inspirational Visit from Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited the Carlos Rosario School and spent time with students and school community members on Wednesday, November 19th. The auditorium was filled with more than 300 adult immigrant learners representing countries across the globe, students who are fighting daily to achieve their own educational dreams and to make better lives for themselves…. Read more »


The Sonia Gutierrez Campus hosts its first cultural festival

The Sonia Gutierrez Campus’ main hall was transformed this past October to celebrate the Carlos Rosario School’s Hispanic Heritage Festival. Students, staff and community members showed their pride by performing music, poetry and dance, while culinary arts trainees prepared a Colombian inspired feast. It was the first cultural celebration at the Sonia Gutierrez Campus since… Read more »


Carlos Rosario School delegation travels to El Salvador

This summer a delegation of five Carlos Rosario School teachers traveled to El Salvador on a ten-day, multi-town educational trip. The aim of the trip was to better understand the context and culture of one of the largest populations of Carlos Rosario School students: Salvadorans. For the 2013-14 school year 38% of Carlos Rosario School… Read more »

America at graduation

Meet Zoila America Guardado

Zoila America Guardado came to the U.S. from her native El Salvador in early 2004. She moved here on her own and spoke very little English when she first arrived. She said, “You feel scared in a new culture especially when you don’t understand the language.” Soon after settling in, America got involved in an… Read more »


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 »


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 »