"Our school is best known for our rigorous program and continuous academic gains."
Students enrolled 650
Hours 7:30am - 4:00 pm
School leader Shantelle Wright
Transportation options None
District Achievement Preparatory Academy Pcs
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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1500 Mississippi Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20032

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(202) 562-1214
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4 stars
Based on 19 ratings

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July 04, 2014
APA is working to make a difference in a tough community. As a teacher there I am honored to be part of this school. Our goal is to close the achievement gap for our scholars. I have worked at 2 other charter schools before coming to APA and APA is by far setting the bar much, much higher. This is my second year there and this past year has been a rough year as the school grew and we had new leadership, but the school has responded and it does not take ways from the great things we do each day. APA is the real deal - we do what we say. That isn't always popular but it changes lives of our scholars. Our graduates attend some of the best schools in the city and a few are in boarding schools across the country. That is what great schools do. Is it always perfect - no. But no place is. I love the work we do and appreciate that a school like APA exists for our families.

- submitted by a teacher
July 02, 2014
My child was there for two years and in the first year it was okay. I figured it was an adjustment period. SO the second year she went to sixth grade and it was the worst year ever. That zero tolerance policy for BULLYING is NULL AND VOID... My daughter was bullied and nothing was really done. Then because she had to defend herself she got suspended, but when the problem started the school did nothing to stop it. I will say the teachers that left I do miss them because they cared about my daughter. Some where let go because of nonsense. You can't hire people and think they are going to do a great job in the beginning. But that doesn't mean get rid of your staff that has already done a great job. The teachers don't communicate well with parents or each other, there is no real discipline, and since the principal moved from one school to the other the middle school kids are so disrespectful. I think they should try it again and this time bring in someone that knows how to discipline the kids in a respectful way but letting them know school is no joke at the same time. It can be done. It was done the first year my daughter was there.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2014
What they will try and say is that teachers that have left or are leaving don't care about the children. That could not be farther from the truth. After two years you see through all the smoke screens and start to realize that this place has a shiny exterior with stats and scores to make any teacher think it's better. Then you watch your colleagues suffer physically and emotionally- the resignations a regular activity and then those who are still there take the backlash. Turnover is "explained" away but the truth is that it's unhealthy, unstable and those in leadership have stated that they can make anyone a teacher in their model. If that's the case, find someone that doesn't mind low morale and lower pay with much longer hours. It's a shame for the students. They're missing those relationships that are critical at this age.

- submitted by a teacher
April 08, 2014
This school is awesome! The teachers and staff are amazing. i wouldn't want to send my scholar anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I LOVE APA!!! Highly recommend this school! The teachers are great the kids are awesome!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Great school... great teachers... great overall kindergarten! UMASS rocks. i love Ms. Humphries and Ms Griffen

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Achievement Preparatory Academy is an excellent school, which invests in children without excuse. They offer multiple means of supporting your child to reach their full potential when they are not quite on grade level. They hold parents accountable which fosters a safer learning environment. I appreciate the consistency of the teachers and staff. They expect respect and are seen giving respect regularly to our children.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I am writing about this school because I want to know what my kids are doing and how they are doing,this school informs the parent on everything. I love that. We moved to this area this year I was nervous my kids would not fit in but the teachers get ever child on the same page with the week preparation before school starts. The teachers r real dedicated and focused on the children.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
AP is a great school that continually strives to be better and better. The teaching staff is very dedicated and committed to seeing the scholars do well and succeed in life. At times I forget I am talking to my daughter s teacher, if feels like I am talking to a family friend. My only real complaint is that there is no AP high school.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
This ia a Great school. My son has been enrolled here for 2 yrs now. He has learned so much. Some things that should improve within the school are after school activities. I don't feel as though they have enough. Other then that I feel that APA is a wonderful school

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
Acheivement prep is by far the best school experience I've had as a parent in DC! My 6year old is now reading on a second grade level with help from acheivement prep! The family atmosphere is conducive to the learning experience. I wouldn't take my child from APA for any reason!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
I am a parent of a 5th grader at Achievement Preparatory Academy. I have been extremely happy with my daughter's progress at the school. She has improved in leaps and bounds in both Reading and Math. This school sets high academic standards for all of its scholars. It provides extra supports for the scholars such as an academic support specialist (normally known as the Special Education Coordinator), a tutoring class known as "Results" for scholars who may require a little extra support in a subject matter, and Saturday Academy for scholars who may be struggling in a subject matter. The school works to prepare each scholar for success in the real world by providing a very structured program to minimize behavioral issues and to provide an environment that will allow each scholar to focus on learning. There is a 0% tolerance for BULLYING! Uniforms are required. Please do not judge this school by its outward appearance or you may miss a diamond in disguise. Judge it by the substance of its program and you will be setting the stage for a bright future for your scholar. Parents are involved at the school but there is not a strong parents group.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2013
I LOVE this school. My son struggled in DC schools. I was starting to think all hope was lost until he started Achievement Prep .

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
This is My Sons First year with this School, and its only been 4 days and His Teachers are soo focused on the students , I love it, My Son comes home singing about how hes on the way to college and thats no Doubt..No Doubt! I Hope this school continues to lead out children in the right direction it does take a village to raise a child, Glad to see his Teachers have joined in !

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
I have a son that attends this school. Academically, he is being taught really well and is being pushed, because he gets bored pretty easily. However, there are some major issues, in my humble opinion. Until this year, the building co-housed a high school and there were some violence issues. Also, the school day is extremely long for such young students. My son complains about the school lunch and the quality of food. There are no organized sports for students in the lower grades. Achievement Prep is given a rating of 10 in the area of diversity. However the student population is 100% African American. That is NOT diversity and this website should not measure it as such. That is a very homogenous student population that cannot teach the students how to deal with the world's population, a population this school says that their students will be ready for.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
I am a parent of a 5th grader at Achievement Preparatory Academy. I have been extremely happy with my daughter's progress at the school. She has improved in leaps and bounds in both Reading and Math. This school sets high academic standards for all of its scholars. It provides extra supports for the scholars such as an academic support specialist (normally known as the Special Education Coordinator), a tutoring class known as "Results" for scholars who may require a little extra support in a subject matter, and Saturday Academy for scholars who may be struggling in a subject matter. The school works to prepare each scholar for success in the real world by providing a very structured program to minimize behavioral issues and to provide an environment that will allow each scholar to focus on learning. There is a 0% tolerance for BULLYING! Uniforms are required. Please do not judge this school by its outward appearance or you may miss a diamond in disguise. Judge it by the substance of its program and you will be setting the stage for a bright future for your scholar. Parents are involved at the school but there is not a strong parents group.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
I love my son's new school because they push him to want more i tell my children they can do anything and that the sky is the limt you can do anything you put your mind to dream big and never look back they teach him that you dont have to be a product of your enviroment

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
They teach their scholars that no goal is unreachable and with a good education, the sky is the limit!

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2009
high expectations, great results

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 29, 2009
Achievement Prep PCS is the best! The academic structure challenges every student to reach their goals of attending any four year college of their choice. The teachers are called 'Plantinum' for a reason, they take the time to acknowledge each scholars' need for growth. Let's not mention the scholars are amazing, they know what they have to do to stand out and be the best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Each and every scholar can excel at Achievement Prep Academy

- submitted by a community member
September 23, 2009
APA is an awesome school with an excellent faculty and staff. The rigorous academic program, the longer school day and the no nonsense approach to discipline all aid in the success of the school. My child has excelled since attending Achievement Prepartory Academy. He loves learning and that was not always the case.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Achievement Prep is a school dedicated to instill in its scholars not only the motivation to attend and successfully complete college but the skills and confidence to do so. The administration and staff are hard-working nurturing models for their scholars, and they insist that learning be carried out in an atmosphere of safety, mutual respect and boundless enthusiasm.

- submitted by a community member
September 23, 2009
My grandson's thirst for knowledge has grown tremendously since attending Achievement Preparatory Academy. He absolutely loves the school and that makes me love it too!

- submitted by a parent
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We believe that children cannot learn in chaos and therefore we work diligently to create a safe, and supportive school culture in which children can reach their potential. At Achievement Prep, we believe that: -Literacy is the most essential academic skill upon which the majority of all future skill and knowledge acquisition is based. -All students, regardless of race or socio-economic status, deserve a top quality, rigorous, college-preparatory education. -Closing the achievement gap

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Achievement Preparatory Academy PCS
1500 Mississippi Ave, SE, Washington, DC  20032
(202) 562-1214
Last modified Achievement Preparatory Academy PCS is a Charter school that serves grades 4-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Achievement Preparatory Academy PCS Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews.