Mr. Carlos Manuel Rosario founded the Program of English Instructions for Latin Americans (PEILA) in 1970 to address the language barriers faced by the immigrant community in Columbia Heights, Washington D.C. In 1978, PEILA moved to the Gordon Building in Georgetown. In 1992, PEILA's name was changed to the Carlos Rosario Adult Education Center. In 1998, the Carlos Rosario Center became the first adult public charter school in the country. In 2004, The Carlos Rosario School moved to Harvard Street in Columbia Heights, where it became the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School. It provides education to the adult immigrant communities of Washington, D.C.
Black Mosaic Research Project, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution