Welcome to Refugee High | Joanne

Hajar Assaf (middle) walks down a school hall with two fellow Syrian refugees. Photo: Alyssa Schukar/Chicago Magazine

Chicago’s Sullivan High has raised its enrollment and test scores by welcoming immigrants and refugees, reports Elly Fishman for Chicago Magazine.

Forty-five percent of the school’s 641 students are immigrants: 89 refugees — many of them Syrian — arrived in 2016-17. Of 35 languages spoken by Sullivan students, the third most common,  after English and Spanish, is Swahili.

Sarah Quintenz teaches English to students who are learning the language.

Quintenz’s class looks…

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