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We’re Tier 1!

For the fourth consecutive year, Thurgood Marshall Academy has been 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. Thurgood Marshall Academy is among just six public charter high schools to earn this distinction in 2014.

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. Based on these outcomes, Thurgood Marshall Academy scored among the highest in the city, earning the DC PCSB’s Tier 1 status.

Our Impact

In its 14-year history, Thurgood Marshall Academy has shown that academic achievement and college access is possible for all students, regardless of their family income status, race, or community. Like the PMF, Thurgood Marshall Academy doesn’t measure its success through a single statistic. We look at a battery of data to see how our programs support student growth and college and career readiness across all grade levels.

Our students not only outperformed their peers throughout the city on the DC CAS – the state examination given to all 10th graders – but also on nationally administered tests such the SAT or Advanced Placement exams. Equally important are our students’ academic growth, grade promotion, and college acceptance rates – all of which show the impact of our programs.

Thurgood Marshall Academy students, 100% of whom are African-American, and nearly 80% of whom qualify for federal free and reduced meals, defy the odds for youth from Ward 8 – home to the majority of our students. Most of our 9th graders arrive with the reading and math skills of a 5th grader. But through rigorous, data-driven instruction and an unwavering belief in each student’s ability to perform at high academic standards, our teachers help freshmen transform into college-ready high school graduates.

Our students, 100% of whom are accepted to college, come from a community in which only one in 10 adults holds a bachelor’s degree or higher. Despite this, our alumni enroll in and graduate from college at rates higher than the national average. Sixty-five percent of our alumni hold a bachelor’s degree, compared the nation-wide average of 59% across all demographics.

We are proud of the impact we have made on low-income and minority youth in DC, and thrilled that our successes have also been noticed by local organizations such as the DC Public Charter School Board, and beyond city limits. Thurgood Marshall Academy has also been lauded nationally by the National Center for Urban School Transformation, the Coalition of School Educating Boys of Color, and US News & World Report – to name a few – for the high-quality education we provide to students from underserved communities.

Thank you for supporting us in all the work that we do.

Alexandra Pardo
Executive Director, Thurgood Marshall Academy