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Refugee Education Program

Refugee School Impact Grant (RSIG)



The Refugee School Impact Grant (RSIG) is a competitive grant for federal funding. The primary goal of Pennsylvania's Refugee Education Program is to assist recently arrived refugee students and their families to adjust to their school and community in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner through the Refugee School Impact Grant (RSIG). Funded programs provide before/afterschool, summer, evening and/or weekend opportunities that demonstrate creative and supportive activities to remove obstacles for refugee students that will result in optimum progress in academic and social development. They implement a holistic view of refugee students and their families with consideration for their past experiences and current situations. The focus is on services for new arrivals that are making initial adjustments and those that have been in the country for three years or less, but still continue to face serious challenges.

2012-2014 Refugee School Impact Grant Awardees

The awardees, their respective county being served and their total award amounts over the two-year period are listed below:

Erie City School District Erie County $85,724
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Pennsylvania Philadelphia County $73,147
Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 Lancaster County $85,724
Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 Dauphin County $85,724
School District of Lancaster Lancaster County $85,724

Request for Application (RFA)

2012 - 2014 Refugee School Impact Grant

Technical Assistance

The Pennsylvania Department of Education aims to integrate and acculturate refugee students into school districts. The Refugee Education Program offers advocacy for a special population of students who otherwise may not have a voice. The Department provides technical assistance and supports districts' capacity to:

  • Refugee Education
    Program Definitions


    Connect school districts to the appropriate refugee resettlement agency in their areas
  • Identify refugee students at enrollment
  • Record the achievement of refugee students to contribute in increasing the overall achievement of the district
  • Provide a free and appropriate education for refugee students in the least restrictive environment
  • Facilitate school districts' requirements to provide translators and interpreters intheir native languages for refugee parents
  • Link refugee students to appropriate programs within the district to help them achieve academic and social success
  • Work with community-based organizations to support refugee youth
  • Involve refugee parents in the education of their children
  • Help schools value and use the diversity that exists within the refugee community to prepare all students for global service and leadership
Contact Information


For additional information, please contact:

Susan D'Annunzio | Supervisor
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of Teaching and Learning
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.346.3186 | Fax: 717.783.4392
sdannunzio@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us