Parenting Skills Learned along with Language

The ESL for Families program grew out of a community need for education for parents of school-age children who were English language learners: a class that would give parents language skills and also knowledge and resources to navigate the U.S. school system. In this program– created and run through a partnership between the Carlos Rosario… Read more »

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A Royal Visit to the Carlos Rosario School

On Thursday, March 19th the Carlos Rosario School gave a rousing welcome to His Royal Highness Prince Charles complete with a Mariachi band, waving flags, and hand-drawn signs. This visit provided a great opportunity to shine a national and international spotlight on the stories of student determination and success, and on the school’s larger impact… Read more »


Black History Month Celebration Highlights African, Afro-Latino and African American Cultures at School

This year’s student-led Black History Month celebration was full of colorful dress, lively music and enthusiastic performers. Joining us for the event were the new Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, who talked about local historic African American women, and the new Director of the Mayor’s Office of African Affairs, Mamadou Samba, originally from Senegal. “Culture… Read more »


Students Transform the SG Campus Bistro

On the last week of fall semester classes at the Carlos Rosario School, chefs in training at the Sonia Gutierrez Campus transformed the Marriott Bistro into an upscale restaurant: Fusion. It was the final project for the Culinary Arts Fundamentals class led by instructor Chef Alberto Vega. “This event gave my students the opportunity to… Read more »


Meet Brtukhan Habtom

When Brtukhan first came to the Carlos Rosario School in 2008 she started in Orientation A, an English literacy class where she learned basics like the English alphabet. Brtukhan, originally from Addis Abba the capitol of Ethiopia, studied in her country until 8th grade and then had to leave her education behind to care for… Read more »

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Learning English in the Context of Health

The Carlos Rosario School health pathway program was created four years ago to address the growing need for career pathways in adult ESL education. The health pathway is based on the highly successful I-BEST model developed in Washington state, which pairs a language instructor with a technical skills instructor in the same classroom. These types… Read more »


A Shakespeare Primer: To Be Or Not To Be

This is just one soliloquy question Carlos Rosario School GED students learned about through a unique partnership between the School and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Earlier this semester 17 students participated in an in-class workshop that introduced Shakespeare and his play The Tempest. To better understand key plot elements, students reenacted the play led by… Read more »


Meet John Castillo

At age 17, John Castillo uprooted his life in El Salvador to follow his dream of obtaining higher education. “I had a dream to come to the U.S. to study in college in another language and to learn in a new culture,” he said. His family was already established in Washington, DC, and so in… Read more »

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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 »