Meet Ruben

In 2005 after the pressures to join a local gang got too intense, Ruben’s mom helped him leave his home country of El Salvador and come to the U.S. He traveled alone at age 18, but met family members and childhood friends once he arrived in Washington, D.C. Ruben had been working as a busboy… Read more »

Meet Aqueline

Through the Carlos Rosario School registration process, Aqueline an ESL student from Brazil, learned an important lesson. Aqueline moved to the U.S. with her husband in November 2014. She soon realized that she didn’t have connections in the U.S. and in order to relate to others she needed to learn English. “I knew I needed… Read more »

Meet Geovanny Vicente Romero

Geovanny Vicente Romero is a graduate of the Carlos Rosario School’s ESL program. He started working as a paraeducator at the School in spring 2016. He wrote about his journey from being a government official in the Dominican Republic to working for fellow immigrants in Washington, D.C. I moved to Washington, D.C. in June 2015,… Read more »

Milestones on the Path to Success

On Thursday, June 16th we recognized the accomplishments of more than 340 graduates who completed their career training, GED and ESL programs. During her address to students, Mayor Muriel Bowser commended graduates for putting education first. New citizen and Carlos Rosario School graduate Yorlenys Maradiaga, originally from Honduras, encouraged her classmates to spread the word… Read more »

Students Teach Others About Civic Engagement

Under blue, sunny skies, hundreds of immigrant students along with their friends and families visited information booths to learn more about ward representatives, community volunteer opportunities, and to cast their votes in a mock election. On Friday, May 20th the Carlos Rosario School had its first-ever Community Action Fair to promote civic engagement in the community. Vocabulary student… Read more »

Student Mario Romero

Meet Mario, 2016 Most Outstanding Adult Ed Student

Mario moved to the United States from Mexico in 1991, looking to support his family. At 20-years-old, he had just arrived in Washington, DC when he enrolled at the Carlos Rosario School. He took one semester of English, and got the basics of the language. Coming here, he says, “was difficult at first, I had… Read more »

Civil Rights Learning Outside the Classroom

In February during the Carlos Rosario School’s Black History Month celebration, immigrant adult learners watched as ESL students from Asia, Latin America and Africa reenacted the WoolWorth’s lunch counter protest, an event that put another crack in the firm grip of segregation in the south. Students were mock roughed up and knocked down on stage… Read more »

Celebrating Black History Month

Student talent shined bright at this year’s Black History Festival, which topped off a month of activities celebrating African heritage. The two-hour celebration included singing, dancing, theater, poetry and an essay reading. Audience members at the festival were wowed by IT Fundamentals student Isaac Abel, originally from Equatorial Guinea. Isaac sang an original composition celebrating… Read more »

Helping Immigrants Find Affordable Healthcare

For a third successful year, the Carlos Rosario School has served as a One Stop Enrollment Center where people from D.C.’s immigrant communities can come to learn about important health information and enroll in healthcare plans. Through a partnership with DC Health Link and the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, health navigators meet with… Read more »

Martin Luther King Day of Service

The Carlos Rosario School commemorated Martin Luther King Day this year with a student government-organized Day of Service event. Thirty-seven students, volunteers, teachers, staff and their families gathered on the chilly Monday morning to clean up a trash-filled stretch of the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which runs just behind the Sonia Gutierrez Campus. Student government representative… Read more »