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    Seattle Public Schools supports newly arrived refugee children (ages 5 to 21 and in the country three years or less) by improving students’ academic performance and social adjustment to schools. 


    • Ensure refugee students’ high academic performance and successful school integration.
    • Strengthen the skills and knowledge of refugee parents, and schools for the benefit of refugee students.
    • Goal-oriented Activities for Students:
    • Provide support that increases English proficiency and literacy skills.
    • Implement programs that orientate students to schools or promote school readiness (e.g. teaching life skills, study skills and school navigation skills).
    • Promote high school completion through credit retrieval programs or supports for Collection of Evidence, High School and Beyond Plans, and culminating projects.
    • Promote high school graduation through programs that develop vocational skills.
    • Promote career and post-secondary exploration or offer internships.
    • Employ intervention strategies to monitor students’ academic and social integration progress.
    • Refer students to school-based after school programs and other community resources.

    Goal-oriented Activities for Families:

    • Increase parent/family participation in schools.
    • Offer interpreter services for parent/teacher meetings and conferences.
    • Provide information to parents about navigating school system.
    • Refer families to community resources.

    Goal-oriented Activities for Seattle Public Schools:

    • Offer opportunities for school staff to engage in authentic refugee experiences and events.
    • Provide refugee cultural competency training for school staff.
    • Provide information about refugee groups to school personnel.
    • Train school personnel on creating welcoming environments for refugee families.

    Goal-oriented Activities for All:

    • Create mechanisms for problem-solving between parents and schools.



    Contact Us

    Kai-Chin Chan
    Student and Family Advocate