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Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS

Charter | 8-12 | 1150 students

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Posted February 13, 2014

Are you a high-achieving student? Like most public schools, ones assessment primarily depends on the student. If a child is motivated, gifted, working hard, involved in honors/advanced placement classes, engaged in academic extracurricular activities, and/or have mentors from church and/or school, THEY WILL DO VERY WELL. However, this school will stretch so much to help struggling students that the grades for the normal none-AP/honors students don't reflect their REAL capabilities. Thus, in college they will struggle or likely fail/drop out. FCAPCS needs to actually hold students accountable - this will help them in the long run. Friendship is an amazing environment but they it is very hard on teachers because it requires such a high commitment level to help these kids succeed. Many teachers can't survive it - they need more support from administration, primarily by holding kids accountable.


Posted October 4, 2013

I work at Friendship Public Charter and I'm amazed at the investment in Technology. There are Chromebooks available in every classroom and Chromeboxes. I know of no other schools that invest so much in ensuring that their students have 21st century technology so they are ready for college and career.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 12, 2012

I use to work here for a year and then i moved to another school. It's too crowed, and it's sad that you have to bag check and pat down each student that walk through the door. Kids will skip class and hang outside the gym and fool around. Teachers are about the same age as the kids and they let them hang around and joke instead of leaning. Just because some kids graduate and get scholarships doesn't make this school better than any other school. And if "Your child gets a scholarship please know that it's because one they have awards from the time they started, two their test scores are above, three they play sports. Don't let this name fool you. It's just a average DC school! And come on now five stars really think about 5 ratings out of 1.2 million.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 27, 2010

I am a parent of 2 friendship students who have been attending the Collegiate Academy since 9th grade. I Love that School! Both girls take nearly all AP classes and are strong participants in all school activities. I strongly recommend a school that has continuous open door policies -- early morning, after school and weekend tutoring. Many opportunities to participate in early college courses and activities. People can say what they want about charter schools, but I am a firm believer and witness of Friendship Collegiate making a difference in our kids lives. More parents should take the time to get involved in the school and activities involving the school for our children. I look forward to a successfuly and rewarding 2010/2011 school year! I have never seen a class of students "2011" that are all so involved with each other as individuals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

My first child graduated in 2008, soon one in 2011, and another in 2012. Not a perfect school but improving daily. Crowded because of it's reputation and parents/students seeking alternatives in DC. Will never be as good as it can unless parents involve themselves in building it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2010

i agree with this student .this school is great.my daughter kiesha goes there and shes passing all her classes and the principal really has the school in check!Kiesha`s test scores are excellent and she really loves that school and shes in the 9th grade.i would recommend this school to any parent sending there child to high school.I mean its just an awsome school!! i love it and my child loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2010

Hello i am a student who use to attened Friendship Collegiate Academy. I personaly thank that this school is not a grate school because its to over crowed and that the school (people in chagre) is to worried about money, and politics and not the education that us young adults will need to make our dreams come true. I personally think that any public school no matter where it is will always be better then a charter school


Posted February 7, 2010

my oldest son graduated from this school 3 yrs ago, my second oldest will graduate this yr., my third oldest will now have to leave this school, my 4th oldest will never attend because the crime in the area has overcome this school, it is far too over crowded, it has become a business and is no longer a safe haven I remember when I was in school it was always a safe haven
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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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

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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36%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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41%

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Science

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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19%
Writing

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2011.

264 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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51%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

264 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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41%

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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

Biology I

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

216 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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36%

2010

 
 
27%
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

Math

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Science

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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 Students36%
Black, non-Hispanic36%
Asiann/a
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White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Disabled12%
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students31%
Black, non-Hispanic32%
Asiann/a
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White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Disabled0%
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students19%

Writing

All Students31%
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 "Developing".

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

97%

ACT/SAT college ready

14%

Graduation rate

91%


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 99% 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 49%N/AN/A
Special education 13%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 92%N/AN/A
Male 91%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 92%N/AN/A
Hispanic 98%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 93%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 92%N/AN/A
Not economically disadvantaged 91%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 91%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 95%N/A75%
Female 95%N/A77%
Male 95%N/A71%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 100%N/A83%
Black, not Hispanic 95%N/A77%
Economically disadvantaged 96%N/A96%
Not economically disadvantaged 93%N/A58%
Students with disabilities 96%N/A94%
General-Education students 95%N/A73%
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Blow Pierce Campus
Chamberlain Campus
Woodridge Campus
Colleges most students attend after graduation Bennett College/ Spellman
A&T University Greensboro
Morehouse College/ Penn State
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Achievers (2013)
  • Posse (2013)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Medical
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
  • IT support
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical
Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Alumni Ambassadors
  • 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
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Peggy Edwards-Jones
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Part-time study
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 396-8229

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Medical
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Special education
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management
  • CISCO
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
  • IT support
  • Industrial / graphic design

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Alumni Ambassadors
  • 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
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • NSBE
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • NSBE
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Science club
  • Yearbook
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Photos

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
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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Our records show that the deadline was March 14, 2014, but you should contact the school in case the date has changed.

 
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What are your chances?


3 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
400
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
1400
Students typically come from these schools
Blow Pierce Campus
Chamberlain Campus
Woodridge Campus

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Bennett College/ Spellman
A&T University Greensboro
Morehouse College/ Penn State
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
Alumni Ambassadors
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4095 Minnesota Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20019
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Phone: (202) 396-5500

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