Internationals Network for Public Schools
Internationals Network for Public Schools (Internationals) was established in 2004 to expand and transform educational opportunities for recently-arrived immigrants and refugees by developing and supporting small public schools. Through its network of 16 schools in New York City (and 31 schools nationally), Internationals serves over 5,000 students in NYC and 10,000 immigrant youth nationwide. Through professional development and coaching, Internationals tailors the key elements of a school or program – its instruction, its culture, its structure, and its leadership — to address the academic and social-emotional needs of multilingual learners. A key aspect includes grouping students into heterogenous learning clusters led by a team of teachers, with English-language development and discussion at the core. As a result, Internationals high schools graduate students at a higher rate than their comparison group, with 87% of NYC students graduating within four years, compared to the 60% graduation rate for all multilingual learners in New York City. Graduates go on to enroll and graduate college at higher rates than their counterparts, and many return to the network in leadership roles.
- Population served:
- Newly arrived immigrant and refugee middle and high school-aged youth across the country who are multilingual learners.
- Goals at a glance:
- By partnering with educators and school districts, Internationals Network develops an educational approach tailored to multilingual students, helping immigrant youth achieve academically, access social-emotional support, graduate from high school, and pursue college and careers.
- Grantee since:
- Lara Evangelista, Executive Director