Response to Recent Events

“Racism separates, but it never liberates. Hatred generates fear, and fear once given a foothold binds, consumes and imprisons. Nothing is gained from prejudice. No one benefits from racism.” * – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, July 4, 1992 Drawing on the legacy of civil rights enshrined by our namesake and the aspirations of our founders at the Georgetown University Law Center, the “driving principles” of the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School (TMA) are diversity, community, democracy/participation, and excellence.  TMA proudly continues its mission of enriching the lives …read more

We’re Tier 1!

Thurgood Marshall Academy named Tier 1 School School consistently earned top-rated distinction each year since 2012 WASHINGTON — For the eighth consecutive year, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School (TMA) earned a Tier 1 status 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 a handful of public charter high schools to earn the distinction in 2019; the school has achieved Tier 1 status each year since the introduction of the rating …read more

Interschool Seminar: Breaking down barriers through student led discussions

Thurgood Marshall Academy hosted the Interschool Seminar on February 21st. The event, now in its second year, brings DC public, private, and charter high school students together to voice their opinions on issues important to them. TMA students, along with students from Ballou, SEED, Georgetown Day, Sidwell Friends, Burke, and St. Johns, led discussions on current events and social issues. The event was created by Cosby Hunt, a senior teaching and learning officer at Inspired Teaching who serves on the advisory board of Mikva Challenge. In an article on, …read more

Comic Book Day at TMA

Today’s release of the Black Panther movie was a perfect backdrop to TMA’s Comic Book Day. Ms. Barker, the school’s librarian, said, “I wanted to create an event that focused on some of our more reluctant readers, to get them interested in reading. I also wanted a space for students who love to “geek out” and share their love of comics in a judgement-free zone.” Last school year, Ms. Barker reached out to the local store of Third Eye Comics, the largest comic book store in the U.S. and they …read more

Why Teacher Academy Matters

The start of the school year begins with Teacher Academy, an intensive two-week professional development training for new and returning faculty and staff. The Academy allows new staff to get acquainted with Thurgood Marshall Academy’s (TMA) culture and provides a framework of collaboration, inspiration and drive for the year. At the end of the 2016-17 school year, teachers participated in a series of facilitated sessions reflecting on areas of strength and growth as a school. Together, staff chose focus areas that would most powerfully impact instructional culture and student achievement. …read more

Alumni Blogpost: My Experience Interning for the DC City Council

By Tavian Southall – (TMA ’17 & Goucher College ’21)

This summer I had the amazing opportunity to work for the DC District Council as an intern! The wonderful staff at Mikva Challenge DC made it their mission to place high school students and recent high school graduates in District Government agencies as interns. The purpose of the internship was to ensure that District youth are seen as valuable resources to DC officials and community leaders, and to help DC youth learn about local government. I was placed in my Ward 5 Council Member Kenyan McDuffie’s Office.

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Why TMA’s Summer Prep Program Matters

While many kids in the District started their summer vacations in July, roughly one hundred came to Thurgood Marshall Academy for Summer Prep, the annual five-week program that introduces incoming ninth and tenth graders to the academic and social life of our school. Starting at 8am, students arrived for breakfast and began classes at 8:30. They studied English, Math, and Keyboarding, and took a Freshman Seminar to help prepare them for succeeding their first year at TMA, including the school’s No Brainers – nine rules of conduct. While they don’t wear …read more

Student Spotlight: Christina Price Reflects on her Internship at The Motley Fool

As a long-time supporter of Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA), The Motley Fool is a popular internship destination for graduating seniors.Summer internships allow Warriors to learn more about a profession they are interested in, reinforce the importance of professionalism and understand the expectations and demands of a career. After completing the application process, Christina Price (Temple University, Class of 2021) was offered the position. From day one, Christina knew The Motley Fool was a special place and immersed herself in all aspects of the Communications Team. Christina conducted research on new influencers …read more

Class of 2017 Commencement Ceremony

On June 16th, Thurgood Marshall Academy’s (TMA) Class of 2017 met their biggest achievement yet – graduating high school! Continuing TMA’s 13-year tradition, one hundred percent of seniors were accepted to college. Seniors collectively applied to more than 250 schools and were accepted to NYU – Tisch School of the Arts, Norfolk State University, University of Redlands, Syracuse University, Temple University and University of Virginia. Scholarships awarded to the Class of 2017 totaled over $8 million – setting a new record earned by any graduating class at TMA. Congratulations to …read more

2017 College Acceptance Ceremony

Last week, Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) hosted its annual College Acceptance Ceremony. Continuing TMA’s 13-year tradition, one hundred percent of seniors in the Class of 2017 were accepted to college! Seniors collectively applied to more than 250 schools and accepted to NYU – Tisch School of the Arts, Norfolk State University, University of Redlands, Syracuse University, Temple University and University of Virginia. Scholarships awards to students in the Class of 2017 totaled over $8 million. Students earned scholarships from the College Success Foundation – DC Achievers Scholarship, Comcast Achievement Award …read more