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Mission and Touchstone


Our mission is to create learning communities in lower income urban areas where all students, particularly those who have not succeeded in traditional schools, can succeed academically and socially. At the Maya Angelou Schools, we prepare our scholars for life beyond the diploma. 



At the Maya Angelou Schools, the key to our success is rooted in building trusting, respectful and nurturing relationships with each other. We strive to create safe spaces for all to be able to reach their limitless potential. 

We are at our best when we work together to ensure the unique needs of our community are met. We empower each other to grow successfully so we can see forever! This is how we live the Maya Way, even when no one is watching.







The Maya Angelou Schools believe in being data driven. To inform our practice. The organization has built software systems and a continuous improvement cycle to support student growth and achievement.

Our data practices, like our schools, are designed to support the whole child. We collect academic and non-academic data to provide
multi-faceted interventions to best serve our students.

We continue to use all that we have learned in over 20 years of serving opportunity youth to inform the field. Some of our staff have most recently presented at the American University’s Summer Institute On Education, Equity and Justice in Summer 2019.

We want to continue to inform the field with our results, so check back often for updates. Want to learn more or connect on research? Email us at

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