Asian Pacific American & Refugee Student Services

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About Us

Susan Osiago


By addressing language barriers, promoting understanding, and facilitating communication, Asian Pacific American Refugee Student Services supports the academic achievement, and personal growth of students and families from Asian Pacific American and Refugee backgrounds.

The departments work is grounded in progressive legal frameworks stipulated in U.S Supreme Court rulings Lau V. Nichols (1974), & Plyer V. Doe (1982) regarding non-discrimination and access to meaningful participation for English Language students in educational programs.

APARSS Strategic Plan SY 23-25
TUSD Strategic Plan 


Collaboration with Agencies

  • Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program – 
    Services offered: Basic needs, child and family, Disabilities, other adults, and employment.
  • Catholic Community Services – 
    Services offered: Basic Services, deaf/blind, family, refugee/immigration services and more.
  • International Rescue Committee – 
    Services offered: Economic well-being, education, health empowerment and safety.
  • Tucson Refugee Ministry 
    Services offered: refugee resettlement and much more.
  • Lutheran Social Services – 
    Services offered: Refugee/immigration services and more.
  • Jewish Family and Children’s services of Southern Arizona
    Services offered: Refugee services and much more.
  • Pima Health Department – 
    Services offered: Immunizations, Dental treatment and much more. 
Educational Support System (Paperâ„¢)
What is Paper ESS?

Paper logoWe have partnered with Paper™ to provide unlimited access to its 24/7 Educational Support System (ESS)! Now, students at Sabino High School, as well as select students from HEART Cares and Asian Pacifica and Refugee Student Services can ask questions, work through problems, and grow their confidence—all at no cost to families. 

Paper’s online ESS provides students with unlimited academic support, practice, and career and college readiness opportunities. Whether learners are stuck on homework, studying for a test, need insight into careers, want help applying for college, or anything in between, Paper is there. 

These features are available around-the-clock, and Paper’s expert tutors are always online to assist students 1:1 in all subject areas and in more than four languages! 

Visit Paper’s FAQ page to learn more, and read the press release for additional information.

How students use this?

Paper provides features that assist students at every stage of the academic journey to encourage lifelong learning. 

  • Live Help – Live Help is Paper’s 24/7 tutoring service. 
  • Review Center – Submit drafts to tutors for insights to improve writing. 
  • Paper Reading – Helps younger students by listening to them as they read aloud. 
  • Paper Missions – Helps students polish their skills by completing game-like tasks.