New Prince George's Co. Schools to Focus on Immigrant Students

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    Hundreds of immigrants in Maryland will soon have a better chance to succeed. Two new schools will focus on improving the outcome for students learning English for the first time. It's part of a program just announced Tuesday in Prince George's County. Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins shows how it will work. (Published Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014)

    Two new schools which will cater to a growing immigrant population in Prince George's County are in the works.

    The county is using $3 million from the Carnegie Corporation to help start up the two schools -- one will open in Langley Park and focus solely on Spanish-speaking students, while another will open inside an existing building and will cater to all immigrant students.

    “We’re just really thrilled to add this to our menu of opportunities,” Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell said.  

    High Point High School in Beltsville now has a majority immigrant population, according to Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D). 

    "It's not a school that has been really ready for all the immigrants because the immigration has come recently," Rosapepe said. 

    The program will also provide vocational courses as well as adult classes for parents.

    "It's nice, I would like to learn more but it's too late for me," Elizabeth Bradbury, a High Point High School parent said.

    A preliminary opening date for the schools is set for September 2015.