JAR is a proud supporter of Internationals Network. Internationals Network works to provide quality education for recently arrived immigrants who are English language learners (ELLs). It is the only school development and support organization that specifically address the needs of recent immigrant and refugee English Language Learners.
Immigrant and refugee students who are also ELLs have unlimited potential and yet are consistently underserved in New York City’s schools and across the country. Most U.S. schools are largely designed for native English language speakers, and curriculum, instruction, and school structures are rarely adapted for the unique needs of ELLs. Because most U.S. schools do not adequately adapt for the comprehensive needs of their immigrant ELLs, these students graduate at much lower rates than other subgroups and dropout in higher numbers. As a result, despite modest increases in overall graduation rates nationally and locally, there remains a persistent achievement gap between the ELL subgroup and other subgroups of students.
Internationals Network helps schools and districts better serve immigrant and refugee English language learners by supporting its network schools prepare immigrant and refugee high school students for success beyond high school in college and the workforce. The over 5,000 students in the 16 NYC International schools in four boroughs have been in the country for four years or less at the time of admission, come from 131 countries, and speak over 102 languages. Approximately 92% receive free or reduced lunch and many have interrupted or limited formal education in their home countries. Internationals Network is expanding their success to middle schools. In September 2018, the first NYC Internationals Network middle school opened its doors in the Bronx.
The Internationals Network approach works. As leaders, teachers, and school staff fundamentally change how they serve English language learners, the students are more successful. Across our national network, Internationals students graduate at higher rates than district averages for ELLs. For example, in New York City, the four-year graduation rate of Internationals students in 2018 was 73%, compared to 65% of other English language learners in New York City schools. JAR supports Internationals Network’s highly effective educators who in turn raise achievement levels and open doors to success.
Thank you Internationals Network for your partnership in making a better and safer NYC.