Welcome to Refugee High

During her five years as an ELL teacher, Quintenz has had a front-row seat to some meteoric transformations. She has watched Muslims exchange hijabs for braids. She’s seen girls who never wore makeup before suddenly paint their lips bright red and boys who came in with a buttoned-up look start sagging their pants.

Sullivan High School in Rogers Park, Chicago, has transformed itself and has almost half foreign-born students, many of them refugees.

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