New York City has always been a beacon to new immigrants. Attracting people from all over the world, the city has been described as melting pot of cultures, foods, languages and religions. The 2010 U.S. Census states that almost three million of its eight million inhabitants are foreign-born. The city’s international schools are a reflection of this diversity and represent students from 59 countries with the highest percentage hailing from the Dominican Republic. As they traverse the American education system, these students are faced with the challenges of understanding a new culture and learning English. Our school stories depict some of these challenges.

For Immigrants, Understanding American History Takes More than Facts and Figures

For Immigrants, Understanding American History Takes More than Facts and Figures

When ninth-grade history teacher Kevin Connell found out that the curriculum he was supposed to teach on the encounter between Europeans and the native population of the New World focused on the Incas, he quickly realized that he would have to shift emphasis to the Dominican Republic and its native population of Toinos. This past  Read more »

Learning English Through World Events

Learning English Through World Events

Inside room 520 at Manhattan International High School, ninth grade students discussed the meaning of the word stereotype. “It is when you make a picture of someone you don’t know based on their skin color or race,” said a boy. “An example is when the French say Americans are fat,” added another student. “But this  Read more »

Where do Manhattan International students come from?

Where do Manhattan International students come from?

Manhattan International High School, in the Upper East Side, has 322 students from 59 different countries. The school serve teens with low English proficiency and who have been in the U.S. for less than four years. Click on the map to see what is the number of pupils per country.

Their Voices: Immigrant Youth Speak on Education

Their Voices: Immigrant Youth Speak on Education

Newly arrived immigrants have plenty to get used to when they move to the United States – especially those in their adolescent years.  One large adjustment is school – and how different it is from their native countries.  Students at one Queens, NY school for immigrants share their experiences of school life in the United  Read more »

A Tale of Two Schools Learning English as a Second Language

A Tale of Two Schools Learning English as a Second Language

Promptly at 12:10 p.m., just after the buzzer marks the beginning of a new period, Jenny Han, 28, a student teacher at Lower East Side Preparatory High School, said, “Hello everyone, open your notebooks and let’s start the lesson.” LESP is parsimonious with its time, especially with its English Language Learners, who have a lot  Read more »