On Thursday, November 6, Thurgood Marshall Academy hosted the second session of its OSSE supported College Counseling Institute. The Institute brings together college and academic advisers from DC’s traditional public and public charter high schools to discuss best practices in the field of college counseling, and to learn from the successes and challenges of peers city-wide. We’ve Storify’d our tweets from today’s session, focusing on using and managing student data, so you can follow the discussion!
“Anyone at Thurgood Marshall Academy could tell you that I’ve changed” says Tamiya Hall, a 2014 graduate and a current freshman at Norfolk State University (NSU). Now mid-way through her first semester, Tamiya’s transition to undergrad marks the end of a long personal journey into a goal-oriented college student: “I have truly changed my perspective on school and life, and I am proud of myself.”
Spanish language immersion. Hiking through the mountainous rain forest. Learning indigenous arts from families in rural villages. Sampling Costa Rican cuisine. “I can already picture it,” says Junior Asia Boulware. “The warm, fresh, clean air. The busy roads and marketplaces. The beautiful, immense jungle.”
With the support of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s SOAR Act Initiative, Thurgood Marshall Academy launched its College Counseling Institute this morning, joined by peers from the District of Columbia Public Schools, Paul PCS, Two Rivers PCS, Maya Angelou PCS, IDEA PCS, YouthBuild PCS, BASIS DC PCS, Cesar Chavez PCS, Washington Latin PCS, and National Collegiate PCS.
Last week, the College Board released data on student achievement in the District of Columbia on the SAT for the Class of 2014.
At 1,241, our students’ combined math, verbal, and writing score was over 100 points higher than the average for all District of Columbia students (1,115) in public high schools, both charter and traditional.
To all of our mentors – veteran and novice – we thank you for joining us for this year’s Mentor Program! We have officially reached our capacity for Mentors this year, but we encourage you to check back with Thurgood Marshall Academy in Summer 2015 for Mentor positions available in the 2015-16 school year.
Still want to get involved, but not sure how?
Congratulations are in order for our Warrior Debaters! Thurgood Marshall Academy brought four teams to the first debate tournament of the 2014-15 school year, held at Cesar Chavez Parkside Campus. Out of dozens of both novice and varsity debaters, the Warrior Debaters brought home many awards!
In DC, with charter, magnet, private, and traditional public high school options available, the processes of choosing the right high school can be a difficult decision for families: it’s a pivotal choice that can affect the trajectory of a young person’s life. At Thurgood Marshall Academy, we’ve spoken to many parents, including Mrs. Sharon Thomas – parent to Thurgood Marshall Academy Senior Carlos McKnight – for insight onto on her family’s decision-making process, why they chose Thurgood Marshall Academy, and her experience as the parent of a soon-to-be graduate.
Executive Director Alexandra Pardo to Leave Thurgood Marshall Academy at the End of the 2014-15 School Year
Alexandra Pardo announced today that she will be leaving her position as Executive Director of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School on July 30, 2015, at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. Thurgood Marshall Academy is ranked as one of the highest non-selective high school in the District of Columbia, and as one of the nation’s best-performing public charter high schools.
Parents & Guardians,
Are you seeking a Tier 1, college-preparatory high school option for your student? Thurgood Marshall Academy has a limited number of 10th grade enrollment opportunities still available for the 2014-15 school year. Please contact our Admission Coordinator, Nadly Julien, at 202-563-6862 × 188 for more information on admissions.
Can math be considered a language?
If you asked Mr. Omari Grey, a new faculty member in Thurgood Marshall Academy’s math department, the answer would be a resounding yes. While some students may see math as a maze of numbers and equations, Mr. Grey views the subject “as a language no different than Spanish or German” and sees in it “the answers for the phenomena that we see in the world.” As Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus teacher, he says his goal is “to help students to learn the language of Mathematics.”
With each new school year comes new enrichment activities! Check out some of Thurgood Marshall Academy’s newest programs launching in September 2014. For more information, or to meet the club advisors, be sure to check out our annual Clubs Fair on September 11th, 2014.
As her daughter MaKayla Jackson launches her last year of high school, Mrs. Betty Jackson reflects on her experience as a Thurgood Marshall Academy parent.
When researching MaKayla’s options for high school, Mrs. Jackson notes that her family specifically sought Thurgood Marshall Academy because of its Tier 1 status, the highest designation from the DC Public Charter School Board, “[because] private school was not an option for our family.” Thurgood Marshall Academy wasn’t the only top-school the Jacksons considered when making the decision of where MaKayla would attend high school. MaKayla was offered interview opportunities at Banneker High School, McKinley Tech, and other selective DCPS high schools. But based on their interactions with the school’s faculty and staff – particularly with Executive Director Alexandra Pardo – the Jacksons decided that Thurgood Marshall Academy would be the best option for their family. “Mrs. Pardo goes out of her way, pulls up her sleeves, and truly listens to the concerns of her parents and her students. She knows her students. She knows their struggles and is genuinely concerned about every single one of them,” Mrs. Jackson explains.
Thurgood Marshall Academy has a new history teacher this year: Ms. Naomi Gamoran will be joining the Social Studies Department as the World History I and Psychology teacher. Though Ms. Gamoran is new to the Social Studies Department, she’s not new to Thurgood Marshall Academy. She served as an Academics Associate during the 2013-14 school year through Avodah, a Jewish Service Corps, after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013.
The results of the 2014 DC Comprehensive Assessment (DC CAS) are in, and school-level scores confirm what we already knew: Thurgood Marshall Academy continues to be one of the highest performing non-selective high schools in the District of Columbia. We provide, to students and families in Ward 8, a local, high-quality option where all students can succeed.
RepDevGlobal is a new nonprofit that aims to demystify the field of international development for high school students through after-school programs. And the nation’s capital is a fitting setting to launch a local chapter.
The Thurgood Marshall Academy chapter of RepDevGlobal is the first among all D.C. public and public charter high schools. This is no coincidence. Kimaris Toogood, founder of RepDevGlobal and the club advisor at Thurgood Marshall Academy, explains. “For RepDevGlobal to have a chance, we needed to pilot it in a high performing school where the students are already on a college track.”
From DC to the DR: Dominique Griffin (TMA ’09) Heads to the Dominican Republic to Join the Peace Corps
In August 2014, you can add the Dominican Republic to the list of places where Thurgood Marshall Academy alumni are contributing to the development and growth of local communities. Dominique Griffin (TMA ’09), a 2013 graduate of the University of Vermont, will be headed to the Caribbean nation to begin her two-year Peace Corps placement, where she will be working with local children and families on mental, sexual, and physical health issues. She first gained experience in this field while still in undergrad, at the University of Vermont, where she worked in the outreach department of the school’s student health center to create and deliver a variety of health-related workshops to her peers. “From what I understand about my Peace Corps placement, I’ll probably be doing similar work in the Dominican Republic,” says Dominique.
The Tradition Lives On: Thurgood Marshall Academy's 10th Annual Commencement Ceremony Celebrates 100% College Acceptance for its Largest Class to Date
In the tradition of the past nine graduating cohorts, 100% of Thurgood Marshall Academy’s seniors gained acceptance to college; they were accepted at over 90 different colleges and universities, including top-tier schools such as Yale University, Stanford University, Bates College, Rice University, University of California – Irvine, and The George Washington University. They represent a breadth of academic and professional interests, representative of the range of classes available to students at Thurgood Marshall Academy. The graduates “are majoring in fields from nursing to journalism to engineering, and attending colleges from Maine to California” in pursuit of their dreams, says Emma Levine, Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Alumni Program Manager/Associate College Counselor.
Washington, DC – On May 22nd, the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) selected Thurgood Marshall Academy to receive its National Excellence in Urban Education (NEUE) Silver Award, along with a $2,500 grant, in recognition of the school’s success in providing a high quality education for students from low-income and minority communities.
Thurgood Marshall Academy Ranked as the #3 High School in the District of Columbia by US News & World Report
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April 23, 2014
Thurgood Marshall Academy was ranked as the #3 high school in the District of Columbia by US News & World Report. Ranked behind two admission only magnet schools, Thurgood Marshall Academy is the only charter school to be included on the ranking list in the District. The school is ranked 1,368 nationwide. Us News & World Report ranks schools based on academic indicators including college readiness; reading and math proficiency; and student-teacher ratio.
For this week’s installment of our series “Journey to College Acceptance,” we checked in with senior Stewart Gray to hear about his latest college acceptances and his progress towards making the daunting decision of choosing a college to attend next fall.
In the fall and winter, Stewart applied to a total of 19 different colleges: University of California (UC) – Berkeley, UC-Irvine, UC-San Diego, UC-Santa Barbra, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, University of the District of Columbia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Harvey Mudd College, University of Maryland – College Park, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Pomona College, Rice University, University of Southern California, Stanford University, University of Texas – Austin, and Yale University.
Journey to College Acceptance: Interview with Mr. Sanjay Mitchell, Director of College and Alumni Programs at Thurgood Marshall Academy
For the second installment of our series “Journey to College Acceptance” we talked with Mr. Sanjay Mitchell, the Director of College and Alumni Programs at Thurgood Marshall Academy, to gain his perspective on the current college landscape. We will be talking with Mr. Mitchell about what students should look for in a college or university; challenges they may face in the research and application process; and his own personal thoughts on where Stewart Gray should attend in this fall. For students and parents, keep this advice in mind and share with any friends or family members who are currently involved in this process!
March 31, 2014 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School celebrated the news that senior Stewart Gray was accepted to Yale University, the first Ivy League acceptance for a student in the school’s thirteen year history.
Stewart also received acceptance letters from several schools, including Stanford University, Rice University, Pomona College and Northwestern University. “I’m very surprised about the good news,” says Stewart. “Now, I have thirty days to weigh the pros and cons of each and make my final decision.”
The National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) at San Diego State University announced Thurgood Marshall Academy as one of sixteen schools to win its 2014 National Excellence in Urban Education Award.
Statistics can tell a story, albeit an impersonal one: In an effort to share our best practices and give a name and face to these achievement numbers, we will follow one student, Stewart Gray, as he completes the last few months of his high school tenure. Through a series of weekly posts and articles, we will interview Stewart as he awaits his college application decisions, completes scholarship applications, chooses a school to attend in the fall, walks the final stretch to graduation, and finally, his move to college. During this series, you will also hear from Mr. Sanjay Mitchell, Director of College & Alumni Programs, about the preparation that Thurgood Marshall Academy seniors undergo during their last year of high school to prepare for college.