Welcome to Refugee High
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Welcome to Refugee High

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Elly Fishman for Chicago Mag:

If Sullivan High School had a motto, it would be “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Its immigrant population now numbers close to 300 — 45 percent of the school’s 641 students — and many are refugees new to this country. This academic year alone, the Rogers Park school has welcomed a staggering 89 refugees — nearly three times as many as last year and far more than at any other high school in the city. The recent surge, fueled in part by an influx of Syrians, has turned the school into a global melting pot, with 38 countries and more than 35 languages represented.

Much more in the full piece including infographics, photography, video, and what it means to educate kids like the girl who “says she misses the smell of jasmine in her native Syria but not the sound of bombs.”

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