Academics

As one of DC’s highest performing high schools, Thurgood Marshall Academy provides youth with a first-class education. Many 9th and 10th grade students arrive with math and reading skills well below grade level. Yet by the time they graduate, 100% are accepted into college, and their academic growth rate – or Median Growth Percentile (MGP) – is among the highest in the District.

Summer

Summer Prep introduces new students to the academic and behavioral demands of succeeding at a college preparatory high school. Over six weeks in June and July, students receive extended academic instruction, as well as computer classes, and cultural and athletic enrichment activities, to bridge their current skills with those necessary for success during their first year and to prevent summer learning loss.

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Fall

In 2013-14, Thurgood Marshall Academy added an Honors Chemistry II course to provide students with an additional college-preparatory STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) course, and an opportunity to prepare for the SAT II subject exam in that field.

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Winter

“Celebrating Our Roots,” a nine-week, cross-curricular program features student artwork and performances. The program engages students in Art, Music, and African-American History classes as well as members of the after-school Art and Music clubs. Now in its 4th year, Celebrating Our Roots 2014 explored the significance and impact of New Orleans’ melting pot culture on the development of distinctly American art forms such as Jazz.

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Spring

Scores from the 2014 DC CAS, a city-wide exam administered to all 10th graders, show that Thurgood Marshall Academy continues to rank among the highest performing public and public charter high schools in DC. Thurgood Marshall Academy has proven to be one of the few high schools in Ward 8 and one of the leaders in a small cohort of high quality non-selective public charter high schools that has the capacity to provide an effective, college preparatory education for students in the District of Columbia – regardless of their math or reading level upon entering high school.

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Achievements

US News & World Report ranked Thurgood Marshall Academy as the 3rd highest performing high school in the District of Columbia. We were the only charter school in the District to be included on the national ranking list.

Summer

US News & World Report ranked Thurgood Marshall Academy as the 3rd highest performing high school in the District of Columbia. We were the only charter school in the District to be included on the national ranking list.

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Fall

For the third consecutive year, Thurgood Marshall Academy was designated 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. Each year, the DC PCSB collects data on year-end student outcomes from each public charter school in the city for its Performance Management 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 and college acceptance rates, daily attendance, and re-enrollment rates. 

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Winter

The National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) selected Thurgood Marshall Academy to receive its National Excellence in Urban Education (NEUE) Silver Award in recognition of the school’s success in providing a high quality education for students from low-income and minority communities.

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Spring

At the conclusion of each school year, Thurgood Marshall Academy reflects upon the unique achievements of our students and faculty. For the 2013-14 school year, these included:

·  Stewart Gray (TMA ’14) was named a Milken Scholar, earning a $10,000 scholarship to help defer his college costs. He was also one of only four students in the District to receive The Gates Millennium Scholarship, a nationally competitive award that covers a student’s undergraduate expenses, as well as graduate degree expenses in select fields such as Engineering, Math, or Library Sciences.

·  The Posse Foundation awarded three 2014 TMA graduates four year, full-tuition scholarships at partnering universities around the country. To date, seven Thurgood Marshall Academy graduates have received this scholarship.

·  Physics Teacher and Instructional Coach Kena Allison received a national 2014 Milken Educator Award in recognition of her exceptional work in the classroom, as the Science Department chair, and Instructional Coach.

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Enrichment

Thurgood Marshall Academy students learn in and out of the classroom from teachers, mentors, advisors, attorneys, and their peers. Enrichment activities also extend to summer internships and other learning opportunities, when students participate in prestigious pre-college programs throughout the country. We partner with organizations throughout the District so students can pursue a wide range of interests and dreams.

Summer

Every summer, students in Summer Prep tour local campuses of a public university, private university, and a Historically Black College University. Students have the opportunity to envision themselves on a college campus; tour the library, dorms, classrooms, and athletics facilities; and speak to student guides about their experiences there. In 2014, students visited University of Maryland – College Park, University of Maryland – Baltimore County, and Howard University.

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Fall

This year, Thurgood Marshall Academy created a new, invitation-only club called HBG for selected female students known to be struggling with low self-esteem and emotional maturity issues. This group provides supplementary support to these students. They meet and discuss personal issues in a safe-space that encourages healthy dialogue as well as team building. These students formed a strong bond with one another, and demonstrated significant behavioral and academic improvements over the school year.

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Winter

The Drama Club performed James and the Giant Peach at the Anacostia Playhouse, a new, professional performance venue located on nearby Shannon Place SE. Twelve students performed in the play, though others – particularly in the Art Club – contributed by making sets and serving as theater crew members. The three-night run was completely sold out.

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Spring

Thurgood Marshall Academy held its first annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Fair at the school in March. Students completed a variety STEM projects to present at the fair, hosting booths on robotics, catapults, and computer components, among others. They also met with STEM professionals from NASA, the U.S. Navy, and Catholic University to learn how robots are made, examine the elements of DNA, and experiment with different types of science equipment.

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Law

As a law-themed school, Thurgood Marshall Academy integrates legal concepts into curriculum and out-of-school programs. At the core of academic lessons and projects are the five Legal Skills (Research, Argumentation, Critical Thinking, Advocacy, and Negotiation), concepts that help to connect curriculum to the school’s mission. All students complete at least one law-related project in each social studies class. Students also include one law-related project in their Portfolio and, in the Portfolio presentation, to demonstrate how they incorporated the five Legal Skills into their class work.

Summer

During Summer Prep, all students participate in Law Day with partner firm Wiley & Rein LLP. This introduces students to a program in which, as 9th graders, they participate monthly. Students don professional dress to the firm, where they meet with practicing attorneys, learn about the practice of law, and participate in a student-led mock trial that require students to utilize Thurgood Marshall Academy’s five Legal Skills (Critical Thinking, Research, Advocacy, Negotiation, and Argumentation).

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Fall

Our Law Firm Tutoring program acquaints 11th grade students with both a professional work environment and individuals who have succeeded personally and professionally by completing higher education. Each Tuesday, students visit Crowell & Moring LLP, Jenner & Block LLP, King & Spalding LLP, Vinson & Elkins LLP, or Williams & Connolly LLP, where legal professionals provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring. The firms donate their time, meals, and transportation.

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Winter

Thurgood Marshall Academy hosted many visitors this year who present their professional, content-area knowledge to students both in the classroom and during out-of-school activities. Some of the distinguished speakers and special events who visited students in the 2013–14 school year include:

  • Seth Goldman, “TeaEO” and President of Bethesda-based organic tea producer HonestTea, talked to students in the Introduction to Business, Physics, and Pre-Calculus courses about entrepreneurship and business.  
  • Dr. Reginald Brothers, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense at the U.S. Department of Defense, spoke to students in both Physics and Chemistry classes on the importance of STEM and STEM innovation.
  • This year, we launched a Brown Bag Lunch Series – optional information sessions for students during their lunch periods with speakers who had specific subject area expertise. In 2014, speakers included Matthew D. Sykes from Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under Law and Kim Toogood, the founder of international development club RepDevGlobal.
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Spring

10th graders participated in Job Shadow Day at NBC’s Meet the Press, the U.S. Coast Guard, the College Board, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Global Fund for Children, the National Park Service, 360 Live Media, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, among others. Students interviewed several professionals at their workplace throughout the day in order to learn about their path in getting to this career, and to understand what kinds of education and professional steps they may have to take to attain such a position.

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College

We believe that every student can attend and succeed in college. Every member of Thurgood Marshall Academy’s first ten graduating classes – more than 500 students – has been accepted to a two- or four-year college or university and received some form of financial assistance to defray the cost of higher education.

Summer

Six students were accepted to the OSSE Scholars Summer Enrichment Program, which identifies high-achieving high school students and connects them with a summer academic program at a top-tier university that matches their academic and professional interests. Our students attended courses at Emory University, Stanford University, Boston University, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, and Duke University, where they gained familiarity with the style and pace of college courses.

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Fall

Students in the Class of 2014 received focused guidance through the college research, application, and enrollment process through their participation in Senior Seminar, a required, year-long class taught by the College Counselor. The curriculum walked students through the process of completing college applications, drafting personal statements, and preparing for the transition to college life.

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Winter

The 2013-14 school year marked the second full year of Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Women’s College Cohort (WCC), a new college access initiative designed to expose female students to benefits of attending a women’s college. Launched by two faculty members who are alumnae of Scripps College, a women’s college in California, the WCC exposes female students to the powerful impact of the women’s college experience, which offer young women a unique environment that empowers them to grow to their potential and strengthen their voices.

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Spring

2014 marked the first year that a Thurgood Marshall Academy student was accepted to universities in the Ivy League (Yale and Cornell) – as well as first-time acceptances at several other highly selective colleges and universities such as Stanford, Northwestern, Rice, and Pomona.

The Class of 2014 also received numerous noteworthy scholarships totaling over $5.6 million – the most accrued by any graduating class in the school’s 13-year history. In total, 64% of graduating seniors received financial aid (including scholarships, grants, or loans) from the colleges and universities to which they were accepted.

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