Academics
Thurgood Marshall Academy’s curriculum and instruction are designed to prepare students for the rigor of a college education. The school offers a college-preparatory curriculum rich in electives and advanced courses, but also intensive remediation since almost half of its students enter the 9th grade with reading and/or math skills at or below the 5th grade level. Instructional planning is guided by a data-driven approach aligned to Common Core Standards and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
Summer

Summer Prep was created to provide incoming 9th grade students as well as 10th grade transfer students with an introduction to the academic and behavioral demands of a college preparatory high school. Computer classes and cultural and athletic enrichment activities further broaden the experiences and skills of incoming students. In addition, to encourage parental involvement, Summer Prep holds workshops for parents on supporting their child’s education and beginning to prepare for college.

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Fall

In 2017-18, Thurgood Marshall Academy offered the AP Courses in the following subjects: Calculus, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, US Government & Politics, and US History. In addition to Advanced Placement classes, Thurgood Marshall Academy offers dual enrollment opportunities that permit students to take select classes at local colleges for both high school and college credit.

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Winter

The Class of 2018 SAT test takers scored an average of 1006 (math and verbal combined). For purposes of comparison, the DC city-wide average in 2017 (the most recent data available) was 875. Recognizing the importance of SAT scores for college access, Thurgood Marshall Academy required all 11th graders to enroll in a half-year intensive SAT preparation course. Students in the course received free access to a Kaplan online SAT course and supplementary materials.

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Summer

Students’ overall PARCC scores increased from last year. The school’s growth was more than twice of the District’s average in both English Language Arts and Geometry assessments. TMA students had a 13.6% gain in ELA from last year and a 5.5% gain in Geometry.

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Achievements
Thurgood Marshall Academy’s mission, to prepare students to succeed in college and to actively engage in our democratic society, is at the core of all school programming. Students engage in a rigorous, college prep curriculum coupled with intensive college and alumni programming while undertaking in-school and out-of-school-time activities with the legal community.
Summer

Thurgood Marshall Academy Social Studies teacher, Karen Lee, was nominated for OSSE’s DC Teacher of the Year award.

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Fall

Two Thurgood Marshall Academy students spoke at the Pulitzer Center Beyond War Conference about the role youth play in bringing peace to communities and the channels created by youth to address violence.

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Winter

Thurgood Marshall Academy senior Zion Kelly served as the sole speaker from the District of Columbia at the March For Our Lives rally calling for action to end gun violence.

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Summer

Thurgood Marshall Academy was listed in the America’s Most Challenging High Schools (formerly the Challenge Index) published in The Washington Post, recognizing the school for fostering rigor among all students through college-level courses and tests.

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Enrichment
Thurgood Marshall Academy’s after school enrichment activities serve as an extension of the classroom, offering a unique learning arena in which the school’s educational ideals are advanced and encouraged. Four full-time staff members administer supplemental programs, working with teachers and staff members to ensure that activities link to the school day and offer distinctive opportunities for student enrichment.
Summer

In 2017-18, approximately 85% of Thurgood Marshall Academy students took advantage of the afterschool Homework Help Program in the library, which allowed students in all grade levels to receive personalized tutoring, as well as access to online resources during computer lab sessions.

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Fall

Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Garden Club won “Best School Garden” of the year award for the second year in a row from Growing Healthy Schools.

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Winter

Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Boys Varsity basketball team was 6th in the city out of 12 teams.

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Summer

An annual Job Shadow Day allowed 10th–12th grade students to spend the day in a professional environment that corresponds to their academic or professional interests. Students are paired with volunteers at a variety of workplaces, such as Radio One DC, Heat Da Spot, and Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital. Students had the opportunity to interview several professionals at their workplace throughout the day in order to learn about their path to the career.

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Legal Skills
As a law-themed school, Thurgood Marshall Academy continues to develop and refine the integration of law in the curriculum and into after school programming. In 2017-18, students were required to include one law-related project in their Portfolio and, during the Portfolio presentation itself, to demonstrate how they incorporated the legal skills into their class work (Advocacy, Argumentation, Critical Thinking, Negotiation, and Research).
Summer

Law Days provide Thurgood Marshall Academy 9th graders their first formal exposure to the world of law. In 2017-18, Latham & Watkins LLP, Foley Lardner LLP, and Hogan Lovells US LLP (and Wiley Rein LLP during Summer Prep) hosted and taught six workshops to all 9th graders. Law Day introduces students to specific cases or legal issues and explores the history and underlying legal principles involved.

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Fall

Thurgood Marshall Academy and Howard University School of Law partnered together in 2017-18 to provide half-day programming created to encourage tenth grade students to see how law is present in their everyday lives. Twice each semester, students travel to Howard University’s School of Law campus to engage in programming taught by law students and professors. In addition to teaching civic engagement, the program helps interested students understand the requirements and steps needed to transition from an undergraduate institution to a job at a law firm.

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Winter

Thurgood Marshall Academy AP Government students met with Offices of Attorney General Karl A. Racine. Students reenacted a peer court deliberation of a student altercation.

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Summer

As a school organized around a civic mission, Thurgood Marshall Academy was honored to serve as a venue and resource for DC and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Parkland families, recognizing also that the true mark of success is that the students, parents, and faculty used tools provided, in coordination with other community stakeholders, to build independent response to gun violence.

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