Refugee students arrive with many strengths and many challenges. Limited formal education, lack of literacy, trauma, little or no English are common challenges. Once refugees arrive in the USA, they face even more challenges as they adjust to life, school and the community. This session explores ways that schools and teachers can help refugee students succeed in school – academically, socially and emotionally. Parental engagement, cultural considerations and developing a network of support will also be addressed. A mental health specialist will address trauma and how schools can become trauma responsive. This session is also applicable to those working with immigrants with limited formal education.