TMA spotlights Dave Morrow and Raymar Hampshire, two men in our Mentor Program, who share their thoughts on how they draw on their own experiences and past mentors to influence their work as role models for our students. Read more…
Recap the excitement from this year’s Celebrating Our Roots.
Thurgood Marshall Academy is proud to be featured in a segment produced by Nick News entitled, ““Black, White, and Brown V. Board of Education: A Return to Segregated Schools?” The documentary focuses on equality in education throughout the nation. Aired on Tuesday, February 11th, the piece highlights the experiences of four Thurgood Marshall Academy students—sophmores Darrius Cook and Asia Boulware, and freshmen Philonda Williams and Jeremiah Simms. Thurgood Marshall Academy was selected as an example of a nationally recognized high-performing school.
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Kannon Shanmugam, a current Trustee and supporter of the school, was elected Chair of Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Board of Trustees on December 3, 2013. Kannon is currently a Partner at Williams & Connolly LLP and has argued 13 cases before the Supreme Court. He has been recognized by numerous publications as one of the nation’s leading Supreme Court and appellate advocates. “I’m excited about the opportunity to serve as Board Chair. I look forward to working with the Board and staff to maintain and improve TMA’s position as one of the city’s leading charter schools,” states Kannon.
Thurgood Marshall Academy’s staff, faculty, students, and Board echo this excitement, and look forward to collaborating with Mr. Shanmugam as the school prepares the next generation of students to succeed in college and beyond.
One Saturday a month, local volunteers serve as mentors to our students. They attend workshops, field trips, and spend quality time together throughout the school year. Our mentors and students spent December’s Mentor Day serving the community and reflecting on the things for which they were most grateful. To prepare for this Mentor Day, everyone at TMA participated in a school-wide competition where students, faculty and staff donated toiletries, socks, underwear, hats, scarves, and similar items to create gift boxes for S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat), a local non-profit that provides meals, health services, and job training for the homeless. In just two short weeks, the Thurgood Marshall Academy family showed their holiday spirit by donating over 400 items to S.O.M.E.’s Shoebox Gift Drive.
We’re excited to announce that three seniors received full-tuition scholarships from the POSSE Foundation. Joey Adams was accepted to Sewanee University of the South, while Amber Hudson and Kavon Holley were accepted to the University of Rochester.
Although many high schools measure their success by the percentage of students accepted to college, Thurgood Marshall Academy – whose mission is to prepare students to succeed in college, not simply to be accepted – has an Alumni Support Program to ensure that our graduates are able to fulfill the school’s mission.
In September, teachers Liza Enrich and Laurel Horn took six students to Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania to tour the school’s historic campus. The young women explored the dorms and historic classrooms and met with students and administrators. They were, for a few hours on a cloudy Saturday, integrated into the fabric of this prestigious women’s college. This college visit is just one element of Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Women’s College Cohort (WCC), now in its second year. Led by Chemistry Teacher Liza Enrich and Special Education Teacher Laurel Horn, both alumnae of Scripps College in Claremont, CA, the WCC exposes female students to the powerful impact of the women’s college experience.
Growing Healthy Schools Week is an initiative that celebrates school gardens and farm-to-school programs throughout the district. Thurgood Marshall Academy was thrilled to host a kick-off event for this wonderful celebration of green initiatives for the 5th year in a row.
Thurgood Marshall Academy Educator Kena Allison Receives $25,000 Surprise Award from the Milken Family Foundation
What began as a school assembly to celebrate Thurgood Marshall Academy as a Reward School turned into a surprise for Kena Allison, physics teacher and instructional specialist, who received the top educator award from the Milken Family Foundation.
We did it again! For the second year in a row, Thurgood Marshall Academy is the highest performing non-selective high school in the District of Columbia based on scores from the 2013 DC Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) as well as the highest performing high school in ward 8 among both District of Columbia Public Schools and Public Charter Schools.
With an Accountability Score of 81.6 – a composite of the school’s math, reading, and composition scores – Thurgood Marshall Academy earned the status of Reward school this year. Schools that reach 80.0 points on their Accountability Score or are in the top 5% of growth citywide are considered Reward schools. Thurgood Marshall Academy earned the highest composite score of all non-selective high schools and was only one of two non-selective high schools to earn Reward status. Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Accountability score averaged 56% higher than neighboring DCPS schools in ward 8, an indication of the significant need for high performing high schools for youth in this community.
The Tradition Continues...100% College Acceptance for the Class of 2013 and Over $4.2 Million Earned in Scholarships
This year, in the tradition of the past eight graduating cohorts, 100% of Thurgood Marshall Academy seniors gained acceptance to college. Students in the Class of 2013 were accepted at 75 different colleges and universities, including prominent institutions such as Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Eugene Lang College at the New School for Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Missouri Columbia School of Journalism – one of the top ranked schools of journalism in the country. In addition to being admitted to some of the nation’s top universities, Thurgood Marshall Academy’s graduating seniors have also been offered over $4.2 million in scholarships by universities and private foundations that have taken note of the remarkable successes of these students, both in and out of the classroom.
The Lem Wills Foundation awarded Thurgood Marshall Academy with a $2,000 grant to support students who are interested in the fine and performing arts.
Sharon Boesen, Executive Director of the Lem Wills Foundation presented the grant check to Juliet Kline, Development Manager of Thurgood Marshall Academy on April 26, 2013 in DC Councilmember Tommy Wells’ office in the Wilson Building.
The mission of the Lem Wills Foundation is to provide opportunity enhancing resources for economically disadvantaged District of Columbia Public School students interested in the performing and fine arts and to emphasize the value of these activities to themselves, their schools and their communities.
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.
Everyone here at TMA is so proud of our Executive Director, Alexandra Pardo. She won the Washington Post’s Distinguished Educational Leadership Award, which seeks to recognize leaders who go beyond day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. We already knew she was a winner, but now everyone else knows too! Of the 38 award winners, TMA was the only charter school recognized.
On March 20th, 2013 Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Junior and Senior Classes entered the gym assuming they would be attending a normal assembly. As Ms. Pardo started to talk to students about the boundaries of an upcoming Senior Prank they tensed, but quickly called her bluff when they saw George Washington University’s “George” mascot enter the gym with the GWU President, Steven Knapp and Director of Admissions, Karen Felton. The bleachers broke out in congratulatory shouts and applause as Delanté Fludd was awarded the Stephen J. Trachtenberg scholarship (SJT), an honor which provides full funding for Delanté to attend George Washington University, and become a 2017 graduate of the university.
The Public Charter School Board (PCSB) has rated Thurgood Marshall Academy as one of four Tier 1 high schools in Washington, D.C. This rating is determined by the Performance Management Framework (PMF), a tool used by the PCSB to evaluate school performance in the charter sector. In addition to it’s Tier 1 rating, Thurgood Marshall Academy was highlighted in the PCSB’s news release as having the highest student growth in reading and math on the DC CAS, as well as the highest SAT, highest AP, and highest DC CAS scores. These results indicate that in addition to reaching local benchmarks, Thurgood Marshall Academy students are performing well against national metrics such as the SAT and AP exams. TMA was the only school ranked as the top school on multiple metrics.
Read more here about Thurgood Marshall Academy's School Performance Report .
According to results from the 2012 District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS), Thurgood Marshall Academy is the highest performing open-enrollment high school in the District among all charter and DC Public Schools.
This year marks the first annual Growing Healthy Schools Week, which is the fusion of DC School Garden Week and DC Farm to School Week. DC School Garden Week was launched in 2007 to celebrate school gardens throughout the District of Columbia. Three years later, DC Farm to School Week was born, providing an opportunity for DC schools to celebrate local, seasonal food in school meals, and engage students in the farm-to-table process. These two celebrations were extremely successful in stimulating more citywide support for and
involvement in farm to school and school garden programs.
Fight For Children’s Quality Schools Initiative, an innovative awards program, encourages exploration, discussion, and implementation of high-quality practices and programs that can improve student achievement in DC public, charter, and independent schools. Its two main objectives are to acknowledge and identify quality schools that are improving student achievement, and to share their practices so that they may be replicated and expanded to benefit a broader student population.
History teacher Brian Rohal has been named the 2012 Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year by the Mount Vernon Estate, Museum, and Gardens.
Please join the Thurgood Marshall Academy community as we proudly celebrate the Class of 2012’s Commencement Exercises
Anthonya James is one of the winners of the “What I am Doing to Prepare for College “ essay contest, sponsored in conjunction with the DC College Tuition Savings Plan, Capital One, and the District of Columbia College Acces Program.
Come to TMA’s first Community Garden Workday and Plant Sale!
Thurgood Marshall Academy has published new reports that detail two growing mission-specific programs for our students.