New Club Aims to Create the Next Generation of Global Leaders

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.”

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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.

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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.

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Thurgood Marshall Academy Receives a National Excellence in Urban Education (NEUE) Silver Award

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.

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Thurgood Marshall Academy Ranked as the #3 High School in the District of Columbia by US News & World Report

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.

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Journey to College Acceptance: The Waiting Game is Over!

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.

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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!

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Senior Stewart Gray Accepted Yale, Stanford Universities

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.”

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Thurgood Marshall Academy Honored with National Excellence in Urban Education Award

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.

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Spotlight on Stewart Gray: The Journey to College Acceptance

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.

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TMA Celebrates Black Male Achievement Week

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…

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2014 Celebrating Our Roots: Nawlins Style!

Recap the excitement from this year’s Celebrating Our Roots.

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TMA Featured on Nick News with Linda Ellerbee

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.

Watch the Piece Here—TMA is featured at 13:10

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Kannon Shanmugam is Elected Chair of Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Board of Trustees

December 16, 2013

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.

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TMA Community Serves Those in Need through the Mentor Program

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.

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Thurgood Marshall Academy Students Receive Prestigious POSSE Foundation Scholarship

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.

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Beyond the Classroom: Supporting TMA Alumni in College

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.

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Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Women’s College Cohort Enters its Second Year

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.

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Growing Healthy Schools Week an Edible Success!

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.

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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.

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Thurgood Marshall is the highest performing non-selective high school in D.C.

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.

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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.

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Thurgood Marshall Academy Selected as First Beneficiary of Lem Wills Foundation

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.

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Thurgood Marshall Academy One of Five Schools Nationwide to Receive the COSEBOC School Award

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.

The Washington Informer’s Coverage

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Alexandra Pardo Wins Distinguished Educational Leadership Award

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.

The Washington Post Announces 2013 Distinguished Educational Leadership and Agnes Meyer Awards

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