Giving Compass' Take:

• As climate and political factors increase migration addressing the specific needs of impacted populations will become increasingly important. 

• Is there a refugee population in your community? What resources exist to support them? How can the community offer additional help to those in need in the area of education?

• Learn about current and future migration dynamics of North America.


Two charter schools serving adults saw Indianapolis's largest spike in students learning English this year, fueled by a rise in the refugees seeking high school diplomas, officials said.

Excel Center-University Heights and Christel House DORS South, charter schools serving adult students, saw their enrollment of English language learners jump to 44 percent and 63 percent of all students, respectively.

The campuses are less than two miles apart. The south side neighborhood they serve is close to a large population of Burmese refugees, said Jeff Hoover, Senior Director of The Excel Center Network and Operations.

“They really created a real family type of atmosphere,” he said. “Being in a different country, and feeling that sense of community within a school is certainly … something that would attract me.”

Excel, which has 359 students, overwhelmingly attracts students by word-of-mouth, said Hoover, so enrollment at University Heights has gained momentum among refugees as students graduate and spread the word in their communities.

Read more about refugees in charter schools by Dylan Peers McCoy at Chalkbeat