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770 M Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

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(202) 388-1011
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April 05, 2015
Richard Wright School for Journalism and Media Arts is the school of opportunity for students with an interest and/or talents for pursing a professional career in the field of communications. Richard Wright is the school for getting a foundational laying and exposure to the world through avenues unimaginable. Richard Wright is a school whose leadership, staff, and administration is about investing in the lives of their students by caring, sharing, teaching, encouraging, and inspiring them in knowing that they are today's future at its best, and their academic success can bring about change.

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2014
My godchild attends this school. It has been a wonderful experience for him so far. The staff appears caring and they are serious about his education-homework every night. But more importantly he has found a place that excites him about coming to school and his grades and attitude are improving so much. This school is great!

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2014
Richard Wright Public Charter school is a school that educates and nurtures its students. What impressed me about this school beyond its academics and the exposure to the White House for its journalism students is the home visits in the community. I don't know any school whose staff including the Principal show up in the students' neighborhoods on a bus and knocked on doors to check on their students. That is a school that truly cares about its students beyond the classroom. My child is thriving both in his education and emotionally as a teenager. I love this school and highly recommend it for anyone who believes in education and the well-being of their child.

- submitted by a parent

October 25, 2014
I have notice a very positive change in my nephew during his tenure at Richard Wright. His thirst of knowledge about Journalism and Video Production is quite impressive, in addition to his enthusiasm about attending college and pursuing a career in that field. I think the special interest that some instructors have taken towards him has contributed to this because he never talked much about school in the past. We are happy that he s enrolled at a school where he looks forward to attending and we don t have to worry about him skipping school and being on the streets. Sparking interest in my nephew is not a easy task but I commend Richard Wrights staff for doing that for him.

- submitted by a parent

October 25, 2014
Richard Wright PCS has made a big difference in my child's education. I am a parent who removed my child from another school district with hopes to see a difference in my child academically and socially and Richard Wright has helped me see that change. My daughter loves the teachers and and staff. They have gone to the White House already this year! As a parent they are supportive and focused on making sure my child gets a good education. You walk in the school and the walls are bright and the halls are quiet! Great job Richard Wright on making sure my child and others get the quality education they deserve!

- submitted by a parent

August 06, 2014
Richard Wright believes in A's and B's , anyone can make C's and D's! I love this School!

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2014
This school is AWFUL!!!! The teachers and staff curse at the students as if they are on the street. The staff is rude with the parents and act as if your wasting their time. I would not recommend this school at all to anyone. If you want your child to be and your self to be disrespected then by all means let them attend Richard Wright. The schools have been open for three years and each year it has gotten worse. They also have told the 11th grade students that if they miss three more days of school they will be held back. They also said if they are late they can't come in the building it won't matter if they have a note or a parent calls in advance, if they not there by 8:20 their not getting in the building. In my opinion that isn't fair because most of the kids take metro and busses run late and so do the trains. Even if a parent drops their child off it can be traffic and your five minutes late they won't be let in and will be marked absent. Richard Wright is one if not the worst public charter school in the district. DONT send your child here at all.

- submitted by a community member

February 05, 2014
MY child loves RWPCS. I have seen a complete turnaround in less then 5 months with my child's confidence in self. She is in the 10th grade and loves her classes, teachers and students. She tells me of a few students who have caused problems for other students wanting to cause disturbances and that the Deans are always ready to stand up for the students who want to learn. I applaud RWPCS for making my daughter feel like she is first and that she can get the work done. Any student who doesn't want to be there and causes problems for students like my daughter who want to learn need to go some where else.

- submitted by a parent
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February 05, 2014
Richard Wright PCS prides itself on the following Charter Board Validated PMF Data: Teacher Retention Rate SY11-12 - 100% Teacher Retention Rate SY12-13 - 92% Student Attendance Rate SY11-12 - 91.8% Student Attendance Rate SY12-13 - 92.3%

- submitted by a school leader

January 21, 2014
My child was cursed out by administration. I am unhappy about the amount of teacher turnover. 3 years over 20 teachers have left. I took my child out.

- submitted by a parent

December 29, 2013
My experience with Richard Wright has been outstanding! To find an Administrative Team that works so hard to ensure the students are developed academically and socially is so rare. The building and the classrooms are clean, the teachers work hard to educate the kids often giving up their time after school to work with kids, and they have created a family environment. My son experienced difficulty in coming to school and performing I. The classroom at his last school. Thanks to the MEN on staff at RW, my son doesn't miss school and he has no F's on his report card. I love RW and I love what they are doing to restore hope for children and their families.

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2013
As a parent, I find the administration at Richard Wright to be very forthcoming and quick to respond. Its not a prefect school but any school is only as great as its parent participation. I feel comfortable voicing my opinion and offering a solution to the school. The staff and teachers are trying to help develop responsible young men and women and with parental involvement everyone can be successful. Keep up the good work Dr. Clark and staff

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2013
The school is AWFUL. Administrators CURSE at children. There is definite favortism of students. The instruction is lacking, there are NOT enough textbooks to go around. And the Journalism part is a JOKE!. Most kids just hang out. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2013
. This is the worst public charter school I have ever attended in my whole entire life. First off I would like to state that the students are very loud and rowdy. The students yell every curse word in the book in the middle of class and the teachers let it slide as if that's the way you talk in school. The teachers curse at the student and talk to them as if they are there peers. The school is very unorganized, the dismissal times are off. They are meant to dismiss at 4;30 but they dismiss at all times they want. Over all, I do not recommend this school at all.

- submitted by a community member

July 18, 2013
This on the worst charter schools in my opinion in dc. The staff are very rude and snobby. The students, teachers, and staff members work together as if they are all on the same level. In other words the staff members are more like the children friends rather than a guidance. My experience with this school was horrific. Plenty of the parents have removed their children due to lack of communication and organization. I'd have to give this school a thumbs down.

- submitted by a teacher

June 19, 2013
I have never had such a negative experience with a school. Their dismissal times are erratic and they do not keep their staff contact information up to date OR the school calendar!! This is such an extreme issue that their last day of school has even changed and when mentioned to them that it was not updated on their website they simply said, I know. Really!? The staff told the students on a Tuesday that this would be their last day of school. When I called the school to ask them, they confirmed that Thursday was still the last day. When I took my child to school the next day they were repeatedly told by staff that they didn't need to be there- what type of message are you sending these kids?? The students have been dismissed at 11:00 on a day when they are not supposed to be let out until noon, and when I called the school they confirmed to me that dismissal was in fact at noon. The students have also been kept after the dismissal time, to the point that I had to call and speak to a few different people before they would dismiss my child. I have called and emailed teachers and admin and do not expect communication. Such a disappointment for what could be a great school.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2013
Richard Wright is a new school, but the staff and the teachers are not. There is a difference that I can see and feel in the children and the school as a whole from the first year which was still far above the years my daughter spent in other schools. The school is not perfect, but they feel parent feedback is critical. I can speak to any teacher or staff member I need to and get results and resolution. Parents may not understand all of the rules and policies at first, but it is because they are used to the same old things at former schools. In my experience the same old ways are failing our children. Richard Wright shows students how decency and order can transform their lives in and out the classroom. Students get a structure that is conducive to the level and intensity of the learning that is required for real success. Classes are longer and work is often tied to other classes that help build on critical concepts. Additionally, the students have excellent field trips and school social events. The have toured the newsrooms of some of the most watched news studios. The students make professional videos and movies, write articles, ans a newsletter.

- submitted by a parent

March 06, 2012
The school and administration go beyond expectations of the average school. They take time to get to know each child and their family. I love seeing the videos and I hope more families will send their kids here.

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2012
This school goes above and beyond with the care of it's kids. They want to see all of their kids succeed.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2012
I am a Co-Founder and Director of Business Operations at Richard Wright Public Charter School. I without bias can honestly say that our vision has come to fruition. We created a safe learning environment where every student believes they are an intricate part of the school, its climate, and culture. Parents and students know in their hearts and minds that we have pooled together an awesome and talented staff that go above and beyond the curriculum to instruct and teach their children. We masterfully get this done all in the name of love daily! The team of educators who embarked on creating this school ensured an environment that would be conducive and comfortable for learning for students across the city. Our students know they are on a new or continued track for future successes. We applaud our parents for their highly visible involvement in our school community and their daily support of their children. If you are looking for a school to uniquely educate and tap into the true Journalistic nature in every child, Richard Wright PCS is your choice.

- submitted by a teacher
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The design of RWPCS will offer a data driven instructional program based on a curriculum which is designed for students with a wide range of academic skills. The design also supports an expansion of activities that reinforce reading and writing skills through Latin Instruction, as well as technology integration at school and home. Other pertinent information about RWPCS are as follows: �?�¢?�?�¢First Latin-Based Curriculum Model in low-income and high risk area of Washington, DC �?�¢?�?�¢First Public Charter School offering a Journalism and Media Arts Focus: Broadcast Journalism; Print Media (Newspaper and Magazine Design); Graphic Arts and Vocal Recordings; Film Making; and Video Design �?�¢?�?�¢Curriculum aligned with the National Common Core Standards and the DC Public Schools Learning Standards �?�¢?�?�¢Highly-Visible usage of Technology integrated in curriculum �?�¢?�?�¢Introduction to Journalism and Media Arts for college and career readiness �?�¢?�?�¢All graduates equipped and "COLLEGE READY" �?�¢?�?�¢Highly Qualified administrative and instructional staff �?�¢?�?�¢Laptops purchased for each student (school and home usage) �?�¢?�?�¢Uniquely professional student uniforms worn daily �?�¢?�?�¢Student Government Association, Clubs and Athletics �?�¢?�?�¢Parent College �?�¢?�?�¢Located on both Blue and Orange Metro Lines �?�¢?�?�¢Several Metro Bus Routes within one block of school

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Richard Wright PCS
770 M Street SE, Washington, DC  20003
(202) 388-1011
Last modified Richard Wright PCS is a Charter school that serves grades 8-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Richard Wright PCS Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top