Teenagers without English skills face highest high school hurdles of all

high school 3Though uncertain when he’ll graduate, Harris dreams of going to culinary school and starting his own restaurant.

That kind of focus is unusual, Fearing said.

“I don’t know if a lot of our students have that focused of a goal,” she said. “They say, ‘I want to go to college.'”

For those who do go to college, there’s a new set of challenges. Dhungana said deciding on a major is especially difficult for students new to U.S. education.

“Our background is not strong like people who live here, like people who study from elementary school to high school,” he said.

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