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Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS

Charter | 9-12 | 397 students

We are best known for college-prep and law programs.

 
 
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5 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 16, 2013

Beyond my expectations. My daughter was home schooled and now a sophmore at TMA. We have had a truly wonderful learning experience, complete with all sorts of college prep. programs, tutoring, parent workshops, mentorship and a host of clubs. The teachers and staff make this school a safe and high powered learning environment. For sure, the best kept secret of Washington, DC.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2013

My daughter is a freshman at Thurgood and her grades have improved a great deal since Middle School. I am totally satisfied with the curriculum and I am happy with choosing Thurgood for my daughters High School. Yay Thurgood
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2012

My daughter is a sophmore at Thurgood Marshall and I must say that I am still amazed at the structure and very challenging curriculum at this public institution. She is blossoming as a scholar and has been afforded some great opportunities to position her self to further her education at some prestigious colleges and universities. Who said you have to pay for a great high school education????
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2011

Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS is the best thing that happened to my son now a junior at George Mason. The teachers were excellent, the leadership was strong, and the academics were challenging and rigorous. Thank you for that family atmosphere and a safe learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2008

Thurgood Marshall Academy is a beacon of hope east of the river. My son graduated in June of 2008 with excellent grades and the fundamental tools to succeed in college. He received a quality education and exposure to so many opportunities such as volunteering service hours in the community and the city. The teachers committed to the success of the students 100%.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2008

Thurgood Marshall Academy is a fantastic school. This school has a great envoirment, from the inside to the outside it's a beautiful building. Also the staff is very strict which means better behavior. The school has excelent lighting, squeaky clean bathrooms, hallways and classrooms, which means a place where students and staff feel secure.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 20, 2007

Thurgood Marshall Academy Teachers and Staff make sure that students have all resourses that are needed for success in High School. Since their move to 2427 Martin Luther King Ave in the historic Anacostia region of the city, it has grow into a great learning institute where students can shine and get the best education they can possible find.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2006

This is a wonderful experience for my son. He is learning new and exciting things that will prepare him for his future. The portfolio experience is one that will really help them in the future. Over all I give the school an excellent rating and look forward to when my other two children can attend.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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56%
Writing

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 45% in 2011.

93 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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63%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2011.

88 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

88 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

All Students87%
Black, non-Hispanic87%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Black, non-Hispanic63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students56%

Writing

All Students80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

In 2012-2013, this school was designated "Reward".

About the tests


The DC school classification system includes multiple measures to evaluate performance and student growth. The possible classifications, from highest to lowest, are Reward, Rising, Developing, Focus and Priority. These measures include the DC CAS, annual growth, graduation rates, attendance rates and participation rates. Under the system, required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), each school is given a School Index Score based on the performance of its students. Schools receive different levels of support, resources, flexibility and monitoring based on their classification.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

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ACT/SAT participation

71%

ACT/SAT college ready

15%

Graduation rate

78%


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 DC CAS results from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores, ACT participation (% of 11th graders taking the ACT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 100% 1%
Two or more races N/A 57%
White N/A 1%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/AN/A
Special education 6%N/A13%
English learners 0%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Attendance

  This school District averageState average
All Students 92%N/AN/A
Female 93%N/AN/A
Male 90%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 92%N/AN/A
Hispanic 98%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 91%N/AN/A
Not economically disadvantaged 94%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 93%N/AN/A
General-Education students 92%N/AN/A
Not limited English proficient 92%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Graduation rate

  This school District averageState average
All Students 97%N/A75%
Female 82%N/A77%
Male 57%N/A71%
Black, not Hispanic 73%N/A77%
Economically disadvantaged 91%N/A96%
Not economically disadvantaged 47%N/A58%
Students with disabilities 100%N/A94%
General-Education students 71%N/A73%
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation Morehouse College/Spellman College
University of Virginia
The George Washington University
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Nominated for the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award (2009)
  • Champion of Quality Award from Fight for Children (2011)
  • Mayor's Award for Environmental Excellence (2011)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Dance club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45am
School end time
  • 3:30pm
School Leader's name
  • Sanjay Singh
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 563-6946

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Pre-law

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag Football
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Gardening
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Media
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
School colors
  • White, Burgundy
School mascot
  • Warrior
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Morehouse College/Spellman College
University of Virginia
The George Washington University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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2427 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020
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Phone: (202) 563-6862

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