DC Prep schools are positive, purposeful places that reflect respect for the students and teachers who learn and work there.
In the hallways, students walk quietly, requiring little redirection. Classrooms are lively, engaging places where students are challenged and inspired. Teachers are focused and dedicated, determined to provide the best for their students and to continuously improve their craft. Pride, energy, and a shared sense of mission are palpable, with every member of the school community committed to our students' success.
Rigorous academics and character education are at the heart of all we do. The principles and practices that determine how these two elements translate into action across each of our campuses comprise The DC Prep Way.
DC Prep students spend approximately 25% more time in school than other DC public school students. The school day includes extended literacy and math blocks, as well as science, social studies, and specials classes. Meaningful nightly homework reinforces classroom learning. Teachers are on call until 8:00 PM each school night to assist students with homework questions and to talk with families. In addition, DC Prep offers Prep EX!, an optional aftercare program available to preschool-6th graders until 6:00PM daily on a space-available basis.
Curriculum maps and scope and sequence documents aligned with nationally-recognized Common Core standards guide instruction at all campuses. DC Prep's departmentalized approach to instruction in 1st -- 8th grade allows teachers to focus their curriculum planning and lesson delivery on targeted curricular areas -- and provides students with expert instruction from the earliest years. Teachers develop daily lesson plans based on rigorous, vertically-aligned curriculum maps and draw upon recognized curricular resources to ensure mastery of appropriate standards.
An individualized academic intervention program ensures that every student is being taught at the appropriate level, including those who may enter school significantly below grade level or those performing at or above grade level. Our inclusion model promotes the integration of students with special needs in regular classrooms and activities.
Regular monitoring of student progress -- using a range of nationally-recognized assessment tools, selected for their validity and developmental appropriateness -- ensures an academic program that is rigorous and targeted for every child. Teachers reflect on data and instruction frequently, including during weekly professional development sessions led by campus-based instructional leadership teams and quarterly, post-interim "Data Days."