In recent years, Sullivan High School in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood has become a magnet for Chicago's refugee and immigrant community, as outlined in a June, 2017 article published in Chicago Magazine entitled "Welcome to Refugee High".
Since Chad Adams took over the principalship in 2014, the student enrollment rate has grown by the hundreds
In fact, this population of new residents, benefiting from innovative English Learners programs, has helped transform the climate of the school, bringing an exciting aura of successful learning based on its diverse range of cultures and backgrounds.
A DIVERSE DEMOGRAPHIC
To create a space where Sullivan's English Learning students can…
School is chaotic for our refugee students. With pressures attending classes taught in a new language, and the other difficulties adjusting to an urban school, the English Learning students relish having a place to go during or after the school day to just hang out and be themselves. – Sarah Quintenz, English Learners Director
The room's makeover, which we project will cost $50,000, includes among other improvements: adding new furniture; replacing worn and torn carpeting; adding technology centers, designated study areas and other alterations that will transform this room into a comfortable, functional and uplifting safe place