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Maya Angelou Public Charter School

The highest-ranked alternative school for opportunity youth in Washington, DC

Dual College Enrollment |Credit Recovery | Boarding| Clubs & Sports  | Hybrid Learning | Restorative Justice | Greenhouse | Outdoor Learning Space | Annual Homecoming | Spring Festival and more!


⛑ Become a Maya Americorp VISTA today! Dedicate a year of full-time service with our nonprofit parent organization, the See Forever Foundation, by creating or expanding programs designed to empower those overcoming poverty. Contact Oliver Bellamy at obellamy@seeforever.org to apply by or before January 2023.


🎯Serving Grades 9-12
📍5600 East Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20019 (Ward 7)
📶Main Office: (202) 797-8250
🐺We are the Maya Rebels, and our mascot is a Wolf which represents solidarity, teamwork, protection, freedom and instinct!
🚸Parent and Caretakers Stephen Liggon Community (He/Him)
📝Enrollment Needs Denean Stevens  ⠂Student Recruitment (She/Her)
🎦Press Inquiries Jewel Brooks Communications
📦 Donations and Partnerships Sheryl Eastman  ⠂Development

ABOUT OUR SCHOOL 


Maya Angelou Public Charter School (MAPCS) is an alternative school that offers students a relevant and rigorous academic curriculum with generous wraparound support services to meet a wide variety of educational and emotional needs. Led by Principal Asa Daniels, AP of Culture Peter Smith and AP of Instruction Shantelle Wright-Cunningham, we focus on cultivating scholars who are ready for the world, helping them to be career-prepared, and assisting them in becoming lifelong learners and dynamic contributors to society. Many of our students face challenges in their home life and experience trauma or upheaval that requires a different approach from traditional schools. Maya Angelou PCS delivers integrated social and emotional health services that to our students who have been identified as opportunity youth. We encourage every pupil to become a confident, industrious self-sustaining young adult through our comprehensive school curriculum that emphasizes readiness skills.

MAPCS emphasizes skills that are important for college and career success; we offer students a solid proficiency standard for learning upon high school graduation. We encourage students to choose between the Business Institute and Academy of Hospitality and Tourism specializations, or high school majors. The entire high school student body participates in college and career visits, information sessions and fairs. All students are required to submit a minimum of four (two-and-four-year) college applications. MAPCS curriculum is designed to be structured, yet flexible to educate a full range of learners.

Our Blended Learning Model combines face-to-face instruction with technology and online learning with student individual learning plans

to meet students at their learning level and give them what they need to catch up, keep up or get ahead. In addition, MAPCS is one of a few DC schools offering the advantages of residential and boarding programs to select students who benefit from the stability of a safe, supportive, and structured environment. MAPCS has the twofold challenge of remediating and accelerating students in order to be successful.

Every student benefits from the support of dedicated professionals whose major responsibility is a student’s emotional growth and well-being. In order to reach this vision, Maya Angelou PCS recognizes that incorporating mental health services as an integral part of the school program is critical to the success of its young people needing a second chance.

OUTDOOR PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS


THE MAYA DIFFERENCE

The most compelling difference between Maya Angelou and traditional public schools is the level of work educators put into catering to the complex and acute needs of our students. Some of the students are high functioning, in terms of academic ability and social/emotional skills; others come with serious challenges – but most fall somewhere in between.

THE “RESI” RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM

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. Our safe, therapeutic and structured environment for students who are in need of a secure place to live Monday through Friday in order for them to succeed at school. Currently, there are approximately 20 students living in group-based supervised residential homes throughout the city

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT RECOVERY

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.

TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE & SOCIAL/SOCIOEMOTIONAL LEARNING

Specialists work both directly in classes and with the same group of students to support both the academic and social emotional growth of ALL scholars. Trauma-informed Mental Health counselors provide group and individual counseling services as required in their IEP and through student self sign-up.

The Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) philosophy at Maya Public Schools is committed to helping students develop the social and emotional skills necessary to be successful as they move on with their lives and out of school More specifically, SEL work is focused on building emotional capacity within our students and equipping them with the skills to negotiate many of the stressful life events that they have experienced at home and within the community. To achieve these goals, the Maya’s style of SEL follows a strength-based approach to enable students to achieve the following competencies: Self-Awareness, Self-Management/Regulation, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY & BLENDED LEARNING

Our teachers aim to challenge and engage our students in our classrooms each day. Our course offerings include all Common 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 Ward 7 and the District to service the 100-hour community service graduation requirement per OSSE. We 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.

INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES (IEP/504 STUDENTS)

At the Maya Angelou Schools, we warmly embrace students with health conditions or impairments that need Student Services and Support, formerly know as Special Education. If you have a scholar with an IEP, our Student Services department will provide the necessary accommodations to ensure that everyone has a smooth school day and enriching experience.

ALUMNI SUPPORT PROGRAM

This program provides intensive support to alums for the first two years following high school (and ongoing support for all alum) so that graduates can “beat the odds” for college access and persistence. Graduates receive assistance such as help in researching and selecting a college or trade program, securing financial aid packages and course selection.

Maya Angelou Public Charter School (High School) Tour


BEYOND THE CLASSROOM: EXTENDED DAY AT MAYA


Extended Day is the daily 3:45pm to 6:00pm block of afterschool activities on campus, this includes special trips,  seminars, conferences and mentorship circles. We host an Annual Student Retreat (Outdoor Sports Day) every Fall as well as Boys’ Interscholastic Athletics Baseball, Basketball and Flag Football and Girls’ Interscholastic Athletics Basketball, Cheerleading, Softball and Volleyball. 📬 Connect with our Athletics Director Julian Pitt for more information.

Free tutoring is available throughout the school day and after school. Volunteer tutors have included business professionals, college students and senior citizens. Historically, a select group of students participate in weekly evening tutoring at WilmerHale Law. We’re thrilled to build and utilize student skills while having fun. Our Maya provides clubs led by expert instructors. Take a look:

💥Anime Club
🎨Art Club
🌱Community Service Club
🧨Maya Rebels Dance & Step Team
👠Modeling Club
🥽National Society of Black Engineers   
🎭Performing Arts Club
🎤Student Ambassadors

APPLY TO MAYA ANGELOU PCS TODAY!
Students and their families are at the center of all of our decisions. The relationship between the scholar’s household and the school is vital to the successful growth of all learners. Interested parents, counselors and caretakers are encouraged to submit their MySchoolDC application early, and rank Maya Angelou PCS as #1. Seating is limited. MAPCS does not discriminate in its educational activities, policies and practices on the basis of age, ancestry, color, creed, familial status, gender identity, marital status, national origin, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, political belief, political party preference, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

COME AND STAY A WHILE GET TO KNOW EVERY BRANCH OF THE MAYA SCHOOLS FAMILY TREE

MAYA ANGELOU ACADEMY @ DC JAIL (CORRECTIONAL EDUCATION)
MAYA ANGELOU ACADEMY @ NEW BEGINNINGS (CORRECTIONAL EDUCATION)
MAYA ANGELOU ACADEMY @ YOUTH SERVICE CENTER (CORRECTIONAL EDUCATION)
SEE FOREVER FOUNDATION (LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCY)
YOUNG ADULT LEARNING CENTER (18+ GED PROGRAM)