The Massachusetts Refugee School Impact (RSI) program addresses the impact of refugee children on local public school districts by providing support to identify and address gaps in services to middle-and high-school age refugee children. RSI in Massachusetts includes the following:
  • Partnerships between refugee providers and local public school districts to collaboratively design, implement and evaluate programs and services which effectively address the needs of refugee children and their families.
  • Support for local public school districts to develop programs targeted specifically to refugee children in middle and high schools.
  • Assistance to refugee children to achieve academic success and to promote full integration through English Language Learning (ELL) support.
  • After-school and summer programs to promote academic success, high school completion, cultural enrichment and integration of refugee students at the middle and high school level.
  • Enhancement of parent involvement in the education of their children through parent liaison, outreach and education.
  • Support for culturally appropriate and linguistically accessible school programs and services through the provision of interpreters, bilingual/bicultural aides and tutors.

RSI program is provided in six school districts of Massachusetts experiencing a high influx of refugees, including Lynn, Springfield, West Springfield, Westfield, Worcester, and Lowell through the following agencies:

  • Jewish Family Services of Western MA (Springfield)
  • Lowell Public Schools (Lowell)
  • Lutheran Social Services (Worcester)
  • Russian Community Association of Massachusetts (Lynn)
  • Westfield Public Schools (Westfield)
  • West Springfield Public Schools (West Springfield)

This information is provided by the Office for Refugees and Immigrants.