The Maya Angelou Public Charter School Focus
At the Maya Angelou Public Charter School (MAPCS), we strive to create a learning community grounded in an engaging school culture; a meaningful, rigorous and personalized academic program; and a robust collection of wraparound services that ensure all of our students are well-prepared for life beyond the diploma.
Many of our students face challenges in their home life and experience trauma or upheaval that requires a different approach from traditional schools. In turn, our staff takes an individualized approach to working closely with each of our students and families not only for academic success today, but for success in the future as positive contributors to society and life-long learners.
Our school has earned three stars on OSSE’s School Report Card (2018-2019), making us the highest-ranking school for opportunity youth in the District, and the second-highest performing high school in Ward 7.
Our School Leadership Team
- Dean Weeks, Principal
- Shantelle Wright-Cunningham, Assistant Principal of Instruction
- David Clarke, Assistant Principal of Culture
Important Contacts for Students and Families
- L’Tanya Holley, Director of Community and Family Engagement
- Denean Stevens, Director of Student Recruitment and Retention (Enrollment)
Our Program Highlights
Our teachers aim to challenge and engage our students in our classrooms each day. Our course offerings include all core subjects (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies), Spanish and French courses, Advanced Placement courses, and a number of relevant elective courses including field internships and service-learning opportunities across the D.C. Community.
We also work hard to meet each of our students where they are academically. We use blended learning – a combination of face-to-face classroom teaching and online instruction – to ensure students catch up and get ahead.
In the 2018/2019 school year, 34% of our High School & Young Adult Learning Center student population qualified for special education services.
At Maya Angelou Schools, we warmly embrace students that need Special Education (SPED) services and support. If you have a scholar with an IEP, our SPED department with qualified professionals will provide needed services and necessary accommodations to ensure that every student has a smooth school day and enriching experience.
For more information about SPED department, please contact Russell Waller, Director of Special Education, at email@example.com.
We offer Learning Labs each semester during the school day, after school, and during Saturday School, where students in need of credit recovery receive targeted, in-person support from our teachers as they complete their missing courses online.
Every student at Maya works directly with their support team, a group of staff that collaborates to make sure every one of our young people stays on track throughout the school year:
- Clinical Counselor: Provides mental and social-emotional support in individual and group counseling settings.
- Student Development Manager: Provides daily mentoring support to students and assists in removing barriers to daily, on-time attendance.
- Academic Counselor: Provides regular progress updates for students so they stay on track to meeting their academic goals, as well as graduation requirements in a timely manner.
For more information about our Clinical Service program, please click here.
Our school is also the proud home of the Maya Angelou Academy of Hospitality and Tourism workforce readiness program in partnership with the National Academy Foundation (NAF), a non-profit organization that partners with schools to provide students with career exposure opportunities, and the opportunity to earn workforce certifications.
We offer programs in Academy and Tourism. As student’s progress through the program, they participate in internships that give them real world work experience. Students enrolled in the program will graduate with workforce, industry-recognized credentials, and will expose them to real-world work experiences that will help them succeed as they transition to postsecondary options and careers.
For more information about our AOHT program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black Broadway Performing Arts Company, LLC provides performing arts programs for schools using an original, comprehensive Black History and Literacy curriculum. We are an educational program that utilizes theater and music arts to teach history and strengthen literacy skills.
We believe that that all young people have the ability to succeed, and should be offered the opportunity to learn and achieve through artistic expression. It is our desire, as educators and artists, to assist and equip youth with the tools needed to fulfill their greatest potentials.
The vision for Black Broadway Performing Arts Company is for every young person to be artistically engaged, and inspired to achieve their goals. At the heart of Black Broadway’s approach is Positive Youth Development. Positive Youth Development refers to intentional efforts of other youth, adults, communities, government agencies and schools to provide opportunities for youth to enhance their interests, skills, and abilities.
Black Broadway joined the Maya Angelou family to provide an engaging, introductory performing arts course for the students. The course fuses Black History and Performing Arts concepts to develop strong values of discovery, expression, and identity. Students use film, music, and media to understand stories about Ancient African Empires, traveling through time to present day issues in America. Students use their personal stories and newly learned concepts to develop pieces to share at the quarterly production.
For more information regarding the Black Broadway Performing Arts Program, email email@example.com.
Every student belongs to a “House” at Maya – a group of peers that meets with their assigned Student Development Manager regularly to cultivate student community. Houses celebrate academic and citizenship achievements together. Houses also participate in service projects and school spirit events, all while developing a sense of scholar identity and belonging.
We are one of the only high schools in the city that operates a residential program for students. During the week, students live with peers and a residential counselor in a family-style setting; students cook meals together, share chores, and help each other with homework each evening, as well as hold each other accountable for attending school on time each morning.
For more information about our Residential Program, please click here.
From business and entrepreneurship field experiences, to local and national college trips, every student at Maya participates in a wide variety of college and career exposure activities that we offer each month, based on students’ grade level and interests. Students also benefit from a number of alumni supports, including scholarships and follow-up support from staff as students pursue their college and career goals.
Learn more about our Alumni Support program here.
Our Parent and Family Resource Center, located on campus, provides not only food pantry and clothing closet resources, but also a host of other support services as well as parenting classes. For more information, contact L’Tanya Holley, Director of Community and Family Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current families can stay connected with your scholar’s school experience on our Families + Students portal, here.
Wilmerhale is a mainstay in academic support for our students. Maya Angelou students participate in WilmerHale’s Tutoring Program every Monday evening. Each year, counselors and administrators at the school identify students they feel have demonstrated a particular commitment to their academics and could benefit greatly from additional, outside support. In addition to tutoring, Wilmerhale provides support in cultural exposure, by sponsoring field trips to national attractions for students and many other needs.
The Leading Men Fellowship Program is sponsored by the Literacy Lab and partners with Maya Angelou Schools. The Literacy Lab’s Leading Men Fellowship creates opportunities for young men of color and increases representation in the field of education. Leading Men Fellows are young men of color who have recently graduated from high school and participate in a year-long, residency-style experience in which they provide evidence-based literacy support to pre-kindergarten students while receiving robust coaching and professional development and gaining valuable experience.
Black Broadway Performing Arts Company through partnership offers courses at Maya Angelou Public Charter School that utilizes theater and music arts to teach history and strengthen literacy skills.
The National Academy Foundation, NAF, is a non-profit organization that partners with schools to provide students with career exposure opportunities, and the opportunity to earn workforce certifications. NAF supports the Maya Angelou Public Charter School Academy of Hospitality and Tourism workforce readiness program.
The National Society of Black Engineers, NSBE, has a chapter at Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools and provides mentorship and support to pre-college individuals who seek exposure to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
Based on student interest, each year we offer a number of enrichment/extracurricular activities as well as a robust athletics program. Our menu for students includes:
- Annual Student Retreat (Outdoor Sports Day)
- The Leading Men Fellowship Program
- Step/Dance Team
- Student Ambassadors
- Anime Club
- Joyful Market Community Service Club
- National Society of Black Engineers
- After-School Academic Enrichment
- Weekly tutoring with partner company WilmerHale
IN THE NEWS
Two current Maya Angelou Public Charter School scholars, Emely and Antonio, participated in Strive Together’s, Strive, national campaign, “Let’s Create #SuccessTogether,” earlier this summer. Strive traveled to over 9 cities to talk with scholars grades 9-12 about their definition of success. Let’s create #SuccessTogether
“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you are.” This is an infamous quote written by Dr. Maya Angelou and will soon be covering the left side of the High School entrance of Maya Angelou Schools campus. The Department of Public Works recently awarded the school with the MuralDC […]