Our Programs

With its three-pronged model, the Carlos Rosario School provides innovative and high-quality programs that support students’ life and career journeys. In order to meet students’ needs and interests, as well as workforce demands, the school continuously revises its programs through multi-stakeholder processes.

During the 2017-18 year, the school launched three new successful programs:

  • The ESL Arts class, providing English-language learning through visual and performing arts
  • The Bilingual Paraeducator Apprentice pilot program, preparing a diverse group of educators to assist in classrooms across Washington, DC.
  • The Construye-DC program, providing training to 150 participants in partnership with construction industry leaders


“Before I couldn’t speak in English, I couldn’t read at all, now I am in ESL 4 Health and my goal is to become a nurse.” – Azeza, ESL student

The foundational literacy and skills courses are the building blocks for a solid base for career development and advancement. Foundational classes include literacy, English as a Second Language, GED in English and Spanish, citizenship, and technology essentials. These provide practical context-based learning, preparing students for everyday situations in the U.S. The curriculum covers: soft skills, health and wellness, consumer education, parenting and family skills, math and technology concepts, digital literacy the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and multicultural awareness and appreciation.


of GED test takers passed the exam


students obtained tablets for blended learning


“Maricar is working full time with a really nice family. They really love her and she is the perfect fit.” – Brandi Perry from Comfort Home Care, employer of Nurse Aide Training graduate Maricar

The workforce development courses offer hands-on learning geared toward English language learners. The courses teach students technical 21st century skills in four key local high-growth, high-demand industries: health, IT, culinary arts and education. Advisory committees made up of industry leaders meet regularly to provide guidance on curriculum and program design and share important industry developments. Each class provides students with the skills to pass an industry-essential certification key to breaking into and advancing in their chosen field.


of career training students who took their certification tests earned industry specific certifications


Nurse Aide Certification rate, the highest of any program in Washington, DC



“Within a year of being at the school, the student services team helped me get a job as an after school associate. I’m working in something that I’m passionate about.” – Maria, ESL student

The School’s model supports adult learner persistence and achievement by working in partnership with students to address challenges related to health, labor rights, housing equity, and much more that threaten to interrupt their educational goals. Highly-trained counselors and staff who have a deep understanding of the immigrant experience provide supports that are linguistically and culturally relevant.


community members and students received free legal consultation during 12 clinics


students obtained a transportation card and received free public transportation to school


students attended job/hiring fairs organized by the school and employer partners