"We develop the scholar as well as the artist."
Students enrolled 60
Hours 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
School leader Maja Rasheed
Transportation options None
Type no info
Preschool capacity 60
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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3328 Martin Luther King Junior Avenue Southeast
Washington, DC 20032

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(202) 563-5971
(202) 563-3363
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4 stars
Based on 43 ratings

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February 03, 2014
the bestt i learn on a collage level and my grades inproved tremendouslyyy.the scholl prevent dumness and provotes to know thy self

- submitted by a community member
January 31, 2014
My name is Mia S. and my child goes there. I do nit agree with some of the other posts because this school is great! From Mama Maja and Baba M, Jason in the admin part of the school, ansd the teachers! They are patient with those children and care VERY much and it is not fake! It shows in their actions! I say to KUUMBA to KEEP doing what you are doing! That school has has a POSITIVE impact in my daughter's life and I am hopeful that my son will be able to attend also.The vegan diet is actually the best diet for the children, especially with everything that the FDA is allowing to be put in meats! I am wondering if the people who are posting these negative comments educated on why the diet is the way that is is and that the curricullum is set up the way that it is. It is a proven fact that the public schools are failing the children that is what make KUUMBA so great because they are not like the public schools! These children are confident, intelligent, and proud!! I would DEFINITLEY reccomend this school!! KUUMBA YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB! I AM THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL TO ALL OF YOU for your DEVOTION in helping me guide my daughter in the right direction!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2013
If this is a learning center, who is learning anything? Every child that has left that School is behind......what is that saying about the ten that are left? Have yet To see ANY type of creativity......cold classrooms, uncertified teachers that don't have any degrees.......what a sham of school? Makes ward 8 look worse Than it already is!

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2013
My child's school has small classroom sizes. The teachers at Kuumba care about the students and focus on character building. Students learn about many different cultures and languages. 90% of the staff speaks more than one language. I ate lunch with the students and noticed that mostly all the students asked for seconds. Most of the students are not vegetarians but enjoy eating the vegan lunch which is unusual but excellent to know and attests to the fact that they have one of the best cooks in the city. Teachers work with students on their level, offer extra help, and grant extensions to ensure assignments are completed thoroughly.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2013
I happened to pick up my friends kids ,from school one day .The 1st thing I noticed was they had no books. Me being a career Teacher I just thought they were joking.Until they told me they don't use Pencils,paper, or books. HOW COULD THAT BE? Will these students be able to hang with other Public School Students on a Statewide basis. This school is doing a Disservice at this time; I do see a Great Need for Improvement in All Areas; especially from the Top Down...

- submitted by a community member
November 08, 2013
I really love the family oriented setting that focuses on education and good character. The learning atmosphere is a very positive and a pleasant setting. They truly care about their students. My son comes home at tells us the great things he learns on a daily basis. My son is really hey he found Kuumba. I highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
Kuumba Learning Center develops the artist and the scholar! We love this school, it is not cookie cutter, and understands learning should interest and challenge the child and enhance their creativity. Our Son was in public school, and we are so happy we pulled him out and put him in Kuumba!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
I thank Kuumba Learning Center for giving me the opportunity to work there they are working everyday to make sure their staff and children are satisfied. Their always trying to do more for the children I hope they get the help they deserve and need to go further.

- submitted by a teacher
October 30, 2013
Kummba is a great school because we explore the african philosophy. I have learned so much about history, forgein languages like French, Spanish, and African languages. Kuumba has a vegan diet witch has amazing food. I've been attending Kuumba for a long time and the past years has been out standing. All of the staff are very loving and generous. They teach us the Importance of education, and the value of life. The school expects an educational greatness for all their students. I love Kuumba

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2013
The school environment at Kuumba is peaceful and calm for a learner. I've experienced school environments in the past where the classroom was full of chaos most of the time. I'm more motivated now to be an excellent student. The teachers always encourage us to do our best and strive for excellence. I really enjoy the education the teachers provide me. As an African-American male I am also taught that I must be committed and be obligated to my people and community to do my best. I think when we as kids get older we will take on the knowledge they teach us to pass on to our own kids/children.

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2013
Hello my name is Frederick Johnson Sr. my son Frederick Johnson Jr. Attends Kuumba Learning Center since he's been there I've seen such and improvement in speech reading skills and interacting all together.I really love the staff there they go above in beyond for the students keep them on the right path and I would recommend them to anyone thanks an god bless

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
Kuumba Learning Center (KLC) gave my both of my daughters their strong academic foundation. They have both been honor roll (A) students their entire academic careers. Diamond graduated from Bowie High School in 2012 with a 4.275 GPA in the top 5% of her class. She was accepted into her dream college, Hampton University (HU). She received an academic scholarship from HU and several local scholarships totaling $60,000.00. Diamond is majoring in Broadcast Journalism and is currently doing the weather for HU's radio station WHOV 88.1. My daughter Aja graduated from Bowie High School in 2013 with a 4.275 GPA in the top 5% of her class. She was accepted into the college of her choice, Old Dominion University. She received an academic grant from Old Dominion University and several local scholarships totaling $20,000.00. Aja is majoring in Fashion Merchandising and will be the CEO an upscale boutique catering to tall women. KLC has nontraditional teaching methods. They do not allow a child s age to determine the academic challenges that they are given. The meals were nutritional, I breastfed both of my girls and KLC helped me to continue this long after returning to work.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
Kuumba Learning Center is a year around, non-traditional school with a goal of developing student s as scholars and artists. At Kuumba, a brain-based learning approach is used to allow the students to connect learning to the world around them. Kuumba Learning Center follows the Common Core Standards. Varies curriculums are used interchangeably to provide students with the skills necessary to compete globally. The arts are also used to stimulate and encourage learning as the student matriculate through the rigorous curriculum. If you are looking for a small school that sets no limits on learning, Kuumba Learning Center is the school for you.

- submitted by a community member
October 21, 2013
Kuumba Learning Center provides a unique blend of cultural and academic experiences. There is a structured/disciplined atmosphere that does not come at the cost of a family centered approach. I honestly think that the instructors and administrators genuinely care about their students and SE DC as a whole.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
Kuumba is a very family oriented place. My daughter was easily taken in as a part of the Kuumba family. At first I wasn't sure if my daughter would be able to adjust to the vegan diet. But she made an easy transition into the diet and she just loves the vegan food! As far the education given to my daughter I just love it the teachers they have so much patience in working with my daughter. Kuumba also has programs for parents. I am currently enrolled in the parent fitness boot camp. I just love how they educate and embrace the student and the parent. I really appreciate Kuumba Learning Center. If you want the best for you child send them to Kuumba Learning Center!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
This is the best school ever! It is like it's just made for my child. It's unique. My child enjoys coming to school NOW and she actually learns a lot about her history, how to exercise and to eat properly, and things that she wouldn't really learn at other schools. The school is so good that I have recommended other family members to attend. I love Kuumba learning center!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
As viewing Kummba's site I am greatly appreciative of the work that they are doing with our children. As a grandmother I see the great work that they have done with grandson. He only 2years old and when he comes home from Kuumba he grabs books to read. He's doing really well with alphabet recognition and his motor skills. I would like to see Kuumba continue to do great work in the future. I also work for a school system I know how important it is for your children to have a head start.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
I like Kuumba because of the principals they follow, like having a vegan diet and having an active lifestyle and healthy eating habits. Kuumba has a great school community that is respectful of others and parents. The kids are very respectful as well. The students learn a lot and I can see a great change in my child's development. I would recommend Kuumba to any parent looking for a school that really excels in early childhood development.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
Kuumba is a great school for young Black kids. This is great opportunity for young Black kids to get a good start at learning.

- submitted by a community member
October 21, 2013
I am very pleased with this school. My child's language has expanded greatly and has become very articulate for such a young age. He is learning and developing a personality and behaving well. Kuumba is a great learning experience with accredited and professional faculty and staff and has a great structured plan for each grade level. Kuumba is a great school and I would recommend it to any person looking for a unique educational experience that exposes student a wide variety of perspectives.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
This school is exceptional. The staff is superb and the learning environment is a rare and unique one. From multiple world languages to embracing African History and the Arts, Kuumba is an oasis in the world of education today.

- submitted by a teacher
October 21, 2013
I am a proud father of a Kuumba learning Center student. I appreciate the work ethics and effort that the Kuumba family puts forth in educating my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
I am a proud mother of a young reader. I have watched my daughter grow to have a love for reading at Kuumba. The environment is very family oriented. As a parent I've learned a lot about my heritage from my daughter coming home and sharing with me all that she learned. She continues to amaze her family on her level of character as a young girl. I intend for my daughter to stay at Kuumba until she reaches the highest grade that's offered.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
I've had the pleasure of attending and filming a number of classes and programs at Kuumba Learning Center. For a person of African decent like myself and who is also an artist, I find it refreshing that there is an institution that intertwines both education and the arts into one learning experience. Kuumba emphasizes the African way of learning which I feel enhances children's sense of self and motivation for learning. The children are not burdened by conformity to traditional European ideologies and styles of learning that is most common in American schools. Kuumba also has and welcomes people of all nationalities who support this style of education. They have a great staff who seem to genuinely love and care for the students.

- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2013
My school is Kuumba Learning Center. Since the the first day of school, I have felt very welcomed and important. We have a variety of subjects and also have a vegan diet. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come enjoy Kuumba Learning Center. I love Kuumba Learning Center!

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2013
KUUMBA LEARNING CENTER Their academics are top-notch and the teachers are excellent. One of the best parts of the school is how nurturing and close-knit the community is. The school feels safe and they are concerned about the kids health and well being.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
I love Kuumba. Along with giving students a great education. They focus on teaching good character. Which is very important in today's society. I highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
Iv'e known about Kuumba Learning center for over 8 years and have always admired their unique approach to education students. I've had the opportunity on several occasions to visit them and to see first hand the work that they do, and have interacted with Staff, Students and Parents and have always received positive feedback on the important and functional and effective role that the school plays in the daily lives of children and parents by providing a challenging and stimulating curriculum that has constantly evolved over the years. I have admired their attention to details and the attention given to each student and their families, and how they have met the needs and challenges of those who use their services. I wish to commend them for their hard work, and for their Mission and delivery of that Mission. I have no hesitation in recommending them as an outstanding institution.

- submitted by a community member
September 30, 2013
As an educator at the Kuumba Learning Center I can really see how much passion the teachers, faculty, and staff have for each student, their overall success as a student, and their growth as a person. As a small school, its small class sizes help to facilitate student-teacher interactions that add to Kuumba's unique overall learning experiences. From renowned guest instructors teaching African dance and drumming to field trips to local rooftop green gardens where students interact with college students from around the city, Kuumba students learn from a wide variety of methods and gain a diversity of perspectives.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2013
I am an Alum of Kuumba Learning Center, but my time atteneding (6 grade) was great. They help to broaden my outlook on education and life. They helping me to understand my roots and created ways through theatre for the students to express themselves. I LOVE what Kuumba has help me to become today an AMBITIOUS, DEDICATED, PASSIONATE,OPTIMISTIC, STRONG MINDED INDIVIDUAL, who is a Junior in college and shriving to achieve greatness. Thank YOU KLC

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2013
My children attended Kuumba Learning Center for the summer, and all I can say is the school was amazing with my kids. They learned so much and did a lot of learning actives, My children had nothing but good things to say about camp everyday..I really wish I didn't miss the scholarship fund, because if they didn't they would be attending kuumba learning for the 2013-2014 school year. But we will see them next year for sure...Keep Up The Good Work Mama...

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2013
I love Kuumba because it emphasizes a balance between academic achievement and artistic expression. While maintaining a diverse academic environment, Kuumba pushes its students to develop their inner artist through drumming, dance, yoga, writing, step, and other activities. By encouraging this balance, Kuumba cultivates the whole student. I am proud to call myself a teacher at Kuumba because I know I am making an essential and lasting impact on our little artists and scholars!

- submitted by a teacher
August 20, 2013
I attended this school from the age of 18 mo to 5 yrs, and returned as a young adult to give back to this community by teaching during the in my twenties. I can say that the warm, friendly atmosphere hasn't changed over the many years that Kuumba has been around. The staff are all well-equipped and experienced, they are stellar role models, and the children are taught respect, self-confidence, and love for their rich history and culture above all else. This is also the only school in the district I am aware of that has an all-vegan diet and cultural exercises (African dance, yoga, African drums, etc,), which promotes active and healthy extracurricular activities. I would highly recommend this school to anyone. This school as a lot to offer and a lot to gain, both in regards to academia and multiculturalism. Many of my Kuumba graduating class were skipped after leaving and entering grade school. One thing to note however: Because the director is always looking to expand and improve on the free space of the children, please be aware that the infant's playground is currently being expanded, and as such will be under construction for a short time.

- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2013
I am a former student and current teacher at Kuumba Learning Center. Some of my earliest memories were made at Kuumba, and the things that I learned there have continued to help me in life. I came back to teach at Kuumba because the teachers and staff there strive to provide the highest quality of education to their students. I was always encouraged to do my best, be curious and inquisitive, and learn all I could about the world while I was a student at Kuumba. Now that I am a teacher there, I am honored to be providing the same opportunities to others. Kuumba is a wonderful institution, and I am happy that I have been able to continue to be a part of it.

- submitted by a teacher
August 19, 2013
Working at Kuumba, I have learned a lot so far. I have learned more about African-American culture, I am learning how to speak new languages. I also love the fact that they teach the children about diversity at such a young age. I wish I had the experience to go here when I was younger, because it seems that being in a bigger class I got lost in the crowd. But at Kuumba, with its smaller class sizes, you get that one-on-one attention that you need.

- submitted by a teacher
April 10, 2013
My son atteded Kuumba for two years. If I didn't find new employment my son would have remained at Kuumba. Kuumba was more than a place to learn it was a 2nd home for my son. To see the facility grow from when my son attended brings us joy. I wish them much success.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2012
Terrible school. It is not year round, as promised. The diet is not healthy, as my sons were ALWAYs hungry at the end of the day. The education is lacking. I pulled my boys out in the middle of the school year, put them in public school and they were behind. They were not even reading on grade level and failing in math. And, they teach hate as my sons were terrified of white people. Stay away and save your money!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2011
My son has been attending Kuumba for the past three school years and it has been one of the best experiences of his young life. The school nourishes my son's young mind and body! It has truely been an experience for both of us as we both learn new things about the world around us! The teachers are great with the students and welcome you into their classrooms to see exactly what is being taught. Their open door policy is awesome! The ENTIRE staff is professional and I appreciate EVERYTHING they have done for my son as he grows into a scholar! We were on the waiting list to get him into this school and it was well worth the wait because I feel he now has a better chance at becoming a great young man! Kuumba keep up the good work! All of the staffs hard work in educating these students is greatly appreciated.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2011
Kuumba is the worst school I had to every dealt with. My son 7 years old was going there I just withdrawal him from this school. I thought he was doing good, his teacher said he was very bright. That was not the case. When I got him tested at another private school, he was behind. I had to get a tutor for him. When I started questioning him about the school he told me that the teachers and principal there scares him, and they threaten to hurt him if he told me anything bad about the school. I also found out what they was feeding the children, two cucumber, and two tomatoes. I was wondering why he was so hungry when we got home. I was so disappointed, this is the worst school my child ever attended. When I question the school they seemed not to care they blamed my child as being the problem .

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2008
My 11 year old has been there for the last 6 years. Its great. They learn all types of things including sign language and spanish.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2008
My son is a student at Kuumba and it has been an amazing experience for both of us. The administration and staff are caring and concerned phenomenal people. My son looks forward to attending school each day.

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April 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2006
My 3 children attend Kuumba. They are ages 3, 5 & 7. We all love this school. My children are teaching me spanish and english. I recommend this school for families that not only want their children to learn world history but also black history.

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An intimate setting with a vegan diet and holistic approach to learning. We offer non-traditional services to parents and students from 6PM to 11:55PM, Monday through Sunday.

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Kuumba Learning Center
3328 Martin Luther King Junior Avenue Southeast, Washington, DC  20032
(202) 563-5971
Last modified Kuumba Learning Center is a Private school that serves grades PK-10
Kuumba Learning Center Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews.