Academics

Thurgood Marshall Academy's curriculum and instruction prepares students for a college education. We offer a college-preparatory curriculum rich in electives and advanced courses. However, since the majority of our incoming students enter 9th grade with reading and math skills below grade level, this coursework must also be coupled with intense remediation. By the time they graduate, 100% of our seniors are accepted into college, and their academic growth rate is among the highest in the District.

Summer

We created Summer Prep to provide new 9th grade and 10th grade students with an introduction to the academic and behavioral demands of succeeding at Thurgood Marshall Academy. For five weeks in June and July, students take math, English and computer classes, with cultural and athletic enrichment activities to broaden their experiences and skills. This year, more than 60% of Summer Prep students improved or maintained their math and reading skills, demonstrating that they were ready for high school.

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Fall

Research shows that students are better prepared for college after completing an Advanced Placement course, and in SY17, more than half of our seniors enrolled in at least one AP course in Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Statistics, US Government & Politics and US History. All of our AP classes are approved by the College Board.

 

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Winter

The Class of 2017 SAT test takers scored an average of 977 (math and verbal combined). By comparison, the city-wide average in 2016 (the most recent data available) was 892. We prepare students for the SAT in the 11th grade — all juniors are required to enroll in a half-year intensive SAT preparation course, receiving free access to Kaplan courses and supplementary materials.

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Spring

Students’ overall PARCC scores declined from last year but continued to outperform the city-wide averages. While there is certainly room for improvement, we were proud that efforts to retain more students and build our special education programming have shown positive initial results, as subgroups of students designated as At-Risk, Special Education, and African American Male significantly outperformed the city averages.

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Achievements

Thurgood Marshall Academy had many unique school-wide and student-related accomplishments this year. Considering our two-fold mission, we are constantly recognizing our students for achieving success both academically and within our democratic society.

Summer

Thurgood Marshall Academy is one of 'America's Most Challenging High Schools' published in The Washington Post, for fostering rigor among all students through college-level courses and tests. The ranking was determined by a formula that divides the number of Advanced Placement and other competitive tests given in the year by the number of seniors who graduated that year.

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Fall

Once again, TMA was named 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. We are among just six public charter high schools to earn the top distinction in 2016.

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Winter

Three students competed in the Marshall Brennan Moot Court Competition, in which high school students showcase their oral advocacy skills, network with peers, and learn about careers in the law. One of our students qualified for the Finals and competed nationally in the Spring.

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Spring

TMA's Mathematics teacher, Tara Allen, was named a 2017 finalist for The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award, which recognizes area educators who exemplify excellence in their profession.

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Enrichment

The education our students receive extends far beyond the classroom: recreational and educational activities with adult mentors; a variety of Clubs and Athletics teams; engaging afterschool programs; and service projects to improve our local community.

Summer

One Thurgood Marshall Academy student was accepted to the OSSE Scholars Summer Enrichment Program and attended Northwestern University. The program 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.

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Fall

To experience college level course work in STEM subjects, Honor's Algebra 1 and AP Chemistry students participated in freshman introductory courses at the University of Maryland — College Park as a way to get a closer look into the course work required for STEM majors on a college level.

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Winter

Thurgood Marshall Academy students marked Black History Month with the seventh annual Celebrating Our Roots event featuring student artwork and performances. This year, students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the community had the opportunity to experience music, art, food, and culture from five ancient African kingdoms.

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Spring

The Chess Club allowed students and staff to learn the game, develop logical thinking and improve concentration. The team participated in multiple competitions in DC and won third place at the 11th Annual Bum Rush the Boards Chess Tournament.

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Law

Our students participated in different law-related activities in every grade. They are required to complete a law-related project through their core history course, employing at least one of TMA's five legal skills (Advocacy, Argumentation, Critical Thinking, Negotiation, and Research).

Summer

Law Days give our 9th graders their first formal exposure to the world of law. In 2016-17, Latham & Watkins LLP, Foley Lardner LLP, and Hogan Lovells LLP (and Wiley Rein LLP during Summer Prep) hosted and taught six workshops to all freshmen in their downtown law firms. Law Day introduces students to specific cases or legal issues and explores the history and underlying legal principles involved.

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Fall

Howard University School of Law partnered with TMA to create Howard Law Academy — half-day programming that encourages our tenth grade students to see how law is present in their everyday lives. Further, it provides sophomores an opportunity to find their voice and gain the tools necessary to navigate our democratic society. Twice a semester, students traveled to Howard University's School of Law campus to engage in courses taught by law students and professors.

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Winter

In partnership with the Mikva Challenge, a national nonprofit that encourages student to make their political voices heard, 46 of our seniors were placed at different voting locations in Washington DC on Election Day. Prior to becoming poll workers, students spent 2.5 hours learning how elections are conducted and received hands on experience on how to provide assistance to voters at the polls.

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Spring

Students participated in law-related field trips as part of their coursework, which allowed them to see the practical applications of the material they learned in class. In the 2016-17 school year, these included trips to a White House Press Briefing; the US Capitol to meet with Congressman Lacy Clay; eight field trips to the Smithsonian African American History Museum; and TMA's Justice League Team presented at DC's Global Issues Network Conference, a two-day event that empowers students to step outside their designated role and self-identify their contribution based on their strengths, interests and passion.

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College

Thurgood Marshall Academy believes that every student can attend, succeed in, and graduate from college. Every member of our school's graduation classes since 2005 — more than 550 students — have been accepted to college. Due in part to the full-time College Counseling and Alumni Programs department, we are fulfilling our mission as a college preparatory institution.

Summer

86% of seniors in the Class of 2017 were accepted to two or more colleges, attending schools including Syracuse University, Hampton University, and the University of the Redlands.

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Fall

Forty-six seniors were accepted on-the-spot during on-site college admissions at Thurgood Marshall Academy. Students interviewed with representatives from Bowie State University, Capital Technology University, Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Lincoln University, Norfolk State University, Morgan State University, York College of Pennsylvania, Trinity Washington University and Virginia State University.

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Winter

One Thurgood Marshall Academy senior earned the prestigious POSSE Scholarship. This student will attend Lafayette College and plans to study Electrical Engineering. This scholarship covers tuition and fees for all of college — a $200,000 value. This is the second Thurgood Marshall Academy student to be selected as a POSSE scholar.

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Spring

Scholarship awards to students in the Class of 2017 totaled more than $9.5 million with scholarships from local and national organizations including College Success Foundation — DC Achievers Scholarship, The Economic Club of Washington DC, The Motley Fool, The Posse Foundation and Washington Post Press Pass Mentors Scholarship.

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