Thurgood Marshall Academy One of Five Schools Nationwide to Receive the COSEBOC School Award

April 24, 2013

Washington, DC – At its 7th annual meeting in Chicago, the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) selected Thurgood Marshall Academy as a recipient of the COSEBOC School Award, which recognizes and rewards schools that have a proven record of effective pre K-12 education of male students of color. Along with this award, Thurgood Marshall Academy will also receive a $10,000 grant from the Open Society Foundation’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

Thurgood Marshall Academy is the only school in Washington, DC and one of only two high schools nationwide to receive this award. As the first and only law-themed public charter high school located in Washington, DC’s ward 8, Thurgood Marshall Academy continues to demonstrate remarkable success in educating its male students of color. With this award, COSEBOC recognizes Thurgood Marshall Academy for its creative, effective, and sustainable in-school and out-of-school programs that support its male students of color.

COSEBOC selected Thurgood Marshall Academy for this award following a rigorous, three part application process including an initial proposal, an extensive site, and a final review by COSEBOC’s blue ribbon panel. Throughout this process, COSEBOC determined that Thurgood Marshall Academy’s programs – which combine high-quality instruction, school-wide community engagement, and high expectations – emerged as a model for high schools nationwide that educate male students of color.

Thurgood Marshall Academy’s test scores, graduation rates, and college attendance rates were used to determine the school’s impact on its male students of color. Since opening its doors in 2001, 100% of all eight cohorts of graduating seniors have been accepted to college. Male students at Thurgood Marshall Academy also perform higher than their peers on local and national assessments. In 2012, Thurgood Marshall Academy was the highest performing open enrollment high school on the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS), the local benchmark examination for 10th grade students. Students at Thurgood Marshall Academy also outscored their peers in District of Columbia public schools on national assessments such as the SAT and Advanced Placement exams.

Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Executive Director Alexandra Pardo and Grants Manager Adrian Austin will travel to Chicago from April 25-27 to accept the COSEBOC award. Joined by teachers and students from each winning school, they will share Thurgood Marshall Academy’s suite of programs and initiatives that support young men of color, highlighting ways in which these proven practices can be replicated in schools throughout the country.

COSEBOC is a national network of schools and highly-respected educators, researchers, policy-makers and advocates that focuses on the dissemination and promotion of best practices that improve education at schools with significant populations of young men of color. An initiative of the Open Society Foundation’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement, COSEBOC’s mission is to connect, inspire, support, and strengthen school leaders dedicated to the emotional and academic achievement of boys and young men of color.