After-school clubs encourage students’ personal development, provide opportunities to build leadership skills, and connect students with their communities. Each year, we offer approximately 15 clubs for students, including the community service club Teen Action, the Anti-Defamation League Peer Trainers Program, Green Club, Debate Team, Student Government, yearbook, drama, and newspaper. Sister Action Sister Strength (SASS) and Visionary Youth Becoming Empowered (VYBE) are among the extracurricular activities that focus on character development.
Anti-Defamation League Peer Training Program
Thurgood Marshall Academy partners with the Anti-Defamation League to train high-performing and invested students to train their peers in non-violence and anti-prejudice techniques.
Students have access to a clinical counselor who can help them manage their emotional needs.
Job Shadow Day
Job Shadow Day is a unique opportunity for TMA 10th grade students to gain insight into various professions throughout the DC Metro Area. On Job Shadow Day, students travel to a job placement site where they spend the day engaging in typical workday activities. Job Shadow Day hosts demonstrate the importance of professionalism, teach students about new careers, and share with students the academic steps and skills necessary to become successful in their field of choice.
Local law firms host our ninth-grade students in monthly workshops designed to familiarize students with the US legal system through mock trials, roundtable discussions, and interactive case studies. Previous Law Day topics have included desegregation, civil rights and discrimination, gang laws, the First Amendment, consumer rights, and the death penalty.
Law Firm Tutoring
Every Tuesday after school, 11th-graders and selected 12th-graders travel to our partner law firms to complete their homework with the help of legal professionals. Tutors at law firms work one-on-one with students to prepare for tests, complete projects, and discuss college and career goals. Dinner is provided for all students at the law firms. Our Partners page lists participating law firms.
Thurgood Marshall Academy pairs a student with a professional adult who can offer support, advice, and guidance during a student’s final years of high school and the critical post-secondary planning process. Mentoring can improve a student’s attitude toward school, enhance his or her confidence, and afford the invaluable opportunity to interact with a positive role model. One Saturday morning a month, Thurgood Marshall Academy mentors and students gather to participate in a variety of fun and enriching activities. Past Mentor Day events have included Georgetown University basketball games, museum scavenger hunts, IMAX movies, and college campus visits. Our program recruits mentors from various professional backgrounds and requires a commitment of approximately five hours each month. Adults interested in mentoring TMA students are invited to complete our Mentor Application.
College counseling staff use the Senior Seminar curriculum to guide all seniors through the college application process. The Senior Seminar meets every other day during the school day to help students set goals for the future, research college options, prepare college essays, and create résumés. By the end of their senior year, students will produce a senior portfolio which will help them apply to college.
Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Summer Prep Program provides incoming 9th grade and 10th grade transfer students with an introduction to the academic and behavioral demands of succeeding at a college preparatory high school. Computer classes and cultural and athletic enrichment activities are also offered to broaden the experiences and skills of incoming students. To encourage parental involvement, Summer Prep also holds workshops for parents on supporting their child’s education and beginning to prepare for college. The Summer Prep program consists of an intensive five-week program, beginning in June and ending in late July.
Homework Help is Thurgood Marshall Academy’s afterschool study space designed to provide all students with the resources they need to understand and complete their homework. On Mondays through Fridays, Homework Help offers students one-on-one tutoring, access to faculty, a chance to work collaboratively with other students, and a variety of enrichment activities. Programs staff provide a snack for Homework Help participants in the library after dismissal. Tutors include school faculty and staff and trained students from The George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Howard University. College students or professionals interested in tutoring are invited to complete a Tutor Application.
Youth Judicial Internship Program
Students in this program intern for judges appointed to the DC Superior Court system and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. As interns, students apply the lessons learned in the classroom and think critically about the legal system. Interns learn how a judge prepares for a case, how a judge makes decisions, and what makes a sound legal argument. The group then meets each Friday to discuss their experience and hear from guest speakers.