Arlington Public Schools’ Language Services and Registration Center is the county’s academic Ellis Island, a place where many immigrants will have their first extensive interaction with the American government.
Mikal Siele,16, a recent immigrant from Eritrea, with teacher Khied Dang at Wakefield High School. Mikal faced a tricky situation upon her arrival in the States: There was only a month left in the school year. She was tested for course placement by the Language Services and Registration Center. Dayna Smith/For The Washington Post Buy Photo