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What Makes Our Students Unique

Thurgood Marshall Academy currently serves 390 students, 96% of whom live in Wards 7 and 8, home to DC’s most underserved communities. Many students enter the 9th grade with skills averaging in the 5th- or 6th-grade range, requiring intensive remediation to get up to grade level. Additionally, Ward 8 has the lowest rates of high school and college graduation in the city.

Despite these sobering statistics, our students accomplish the following:

  • Outperforming their peers in neighborhood DCPS schools on standardized tests by a factor of at least three.
  • 100% of our seniors have been accepted to college.
  • 99% of students participate in at least one out-of-school activity.
  • Students average 93% attendance.
  • Students participate in law-related activities such as Law Day, law-firm tutoring, and law classes.
  • Students learn public speaking and personal accountability through annual portfolio presentations.

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Thurgood Marshall Academy expects its students to take responsibility for their own education. This means:

  • Arriving on time to school every day—before 8:45 am—and attending all classes on time.
  • Completing all homework assignments on time and to the best of their ability.
  • Participating fully in all parts of the Thurgood Marshall Academy curriculum (i.e., academics, community service, and enrichment activities).
  • Reflecting the goals of this community through their dress (always in full uniform unless otherwise specified) and through their behavior.
  • Creating a respectful, positive learning environment, allowing teachers and students to demand the best of them, while demanding the best of teachers and fellow students.
  • Following the Code of Conduct and presenting no significant or continuing discipline problems.
  • All students receive an annually updated Student Handbook, which outlines the specific expectations of a Thurgood Marshall Academy student.