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TMA Annonuces New Partnership with Howard Law

10th graders practicing their elevator pitch in a small group setting.

Thurgood Marshall Academy is thrilled to announce our new partnership with Howard Law School. At TMA, we pride ourselves on integrating law-related components across our curriculum for all of our students. This year, we wanted to provide an opportunity for our 10th graders to work with young professionals in DC who are dedicated to the field of law. Howard Law Academy will allow our 10th graders to meet quarterly with Howard University Law students, dissect the amendments and apply their learning to everyday situations.

For their second session, the students in Howard Law Academy had an opportunity to learn about the First Amendment – Freedom of Expression. Students actively engaged in a discussion regarding how to self-express through a dress code, limitations on freedom of expression, professionalism on social media and how to effectively craft “your brand”. For the second half of the session, the students applied what they learned and created elevator pitches.

Howard Law students emphasized to the students in order to create an effective elevator pitch that allows you to stand out, students must dig deep and critically think about their long term goals, skills, and passion. Students were given ample time to draft their pitch, receive feedback from Howard Law students and their peers and competed to have the number one elevator pitch.

As the next two sessions are not until the spring, student have already submitted ideas for topics they are interested in learning more about. We know this partnership will add value to our students understanding of the amendments and continue to prepare them to actively participate in our democratic society.

Thurgood Marshall Academy Named Tier 1 School


WASHINGTON — Once again, Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) has been named a Tier 1 school by the DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB), the organization that authorizes and ranks public charter schools in Washington, DC. Thurgood Marshall Academy is among just six public charter high schools to earn the distinction in 2016.

Each year, the DC PCSB collects data on student outcomes from each public charter school in the city for its Performance Framework (PMF). The PMF offers a comprehensive picture of our school-wide success. The PMF considers data beyond state reading and math test scores, reflecting our students’ academic growth, college entry metrics, graduation, college acceptance rates, daily attendance, and re-enrollment rates. Based on these outcomes, TMA scored one of the highest in the city, earning the DC PCSB’s Tier 1 status.

In its 16-year history, TMA has shown that academic achievement and college access is possible for all students, regardless of their family income statues, race or community. Like the PMF, Thurgood Marshall Academy does not measure its success through a single statistic. School Leadership looks at an abundance of data to see how programs support student growth and college and career readiness across all grade levels.

TMA students, 99% of whom are African-American, and nearly 72% of whom qualify for federal free and reduce meals, defy the odds for youth from Ward 8 – home to the majority of our students. Most of TMA’s 9th graders arrive two to five years behind grade level in math and reading. This past year, TMA’s 10th graders took the PARCC exam and outperformed their peers across all subgroups; most notably, on the math portion, students had a 15% gain from last year. For the past 12 years, 100% of TMA’s graduates have been accepted to college. Last year, more than 85% of graduating students enrolled in college within one year of graduation. More than 62% of students successfully complete college within five years, compared to 5% from Wards 7 and 8.

“We are extremely proud of our results. Through rigorous, data-driven instruction and an unwavering belief in each student’s ability to perform at high academic standards, our teacher’s help our students transform into college-ready high school graduates,” said Richard Pohlman, TMA’s Executive Director.


To see the full PMF ratings and report, please CLICK HERE



About Thurgood Marshall Academy: Founded in 2001, Thurgood Marshall Academy’s mission is to prepare students to succeed in college and actively engage in our democratic society. Thurgood Marshall Academy is an open enrollment public charter high school in Ward 8’s Anacostia. It is one of the highest performing non-selective high schools in the District and serves 400 students. The school upholds Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s legacy of equal opportunity through its commitment to providing an excellent education for all students.

TMA Students Trained to be Poll Workers

p1040968At TMA, students are continuously give the opportunity to be active citizens and help put democracy in action. On Election Day, 46 Thurgood Marshall Academy seniors were placed at different voting locations to be poll workers. Prior to becoming poll workers, students spent 2.5 hours in a training learning how elections are conducted and received hands on experience on how to provide assistance to voters at the polls. This experience allowed our students to be exposed and gain a lifelong appreciation for the democratic process.