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 An evaluation of a set of work samples prepared by the student More, 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.
Student and Family Advocate