Mission and Values

The DC Prep vision: Every child will be prepared academically and socially for a successful future. This aspirational goal embodies the spirit of our organization and guides the people and the day-to-day educational and operational practices that are the hallmark of DC Prep.

Our Mission

To bridge the educational divide in Washington, DC by increasing the number of students from underserved communities with the academic preparation and personal character to succeed in competitive high schools and colleges.

Our Values

Results for students, first and foremost. Every action and every decision is examined through this lens. If we follow this path, will it lead our students to a great destination? If we make this choice, will it give them a brighter future?

Good minds and good hearts — inextricably linked.
We believe that character counts. We teach it and we model it. We maintain integrity in all matters and are genuine in all interactions. We treat our students, their families, and each other with honesty, kindness, and respect.

Excellence, always.
We strive to do our very best, to give the most we can. We are committed to excellence in every task, no matter how large or small. We know that we will not always hit the mark, but we will always aim high. We hold ourselves accountable for our failures as well as our successes.

Reflection and refinement – every day.
We are continuous questioners, always seeking to improve. Is what we are doing working? Is there a better way? We never rest on our laurels.

Optimistic determination.
We know this is hard work, but we are confident that we can achieve the goals we have for our students and for our organization. We believe in persistence, daily effort, and strive to be purposeful and strategic. Every day we are inspired by our students, their potential, and our responsibility to them.

Generosity and humor.
We trust and support each other. We believe in having fun, celebrating often, and laughing a lot.

Our Commitment to Diversity

At DC Prep, we value diversity.

We value a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We honor and support the exceptional people who work at all levels of our organization regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, socioeconomic status, or other personal characteristics.

We value a variety of viewpoints. Just as our students are unique, so too are our team members. Different perspectives, informed by a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences, strengthen our organization.

We value team members who are role models for our students. We place a special focus on hiring a variety of role models including those with backgrounds similar to the students we serve. We believe that their perspectives are critical to student achievement and instrumental in fulfilling our mission.

What our Leaders are Saying

“I was hooked on DC Prep the moment I read the organization’s Core Values. Although each one is purposeful and applicable to the day-to-day work my colleagues and I do, DC Prep’s emphasis on good minds and good hearts – inextricably linked motivates me the most. Every day, I see the integrity and character of our Preppies, teachers, and school leaders shine through in a rigorous but joyful learning environment. This starts at the earliest grade levels and continues on with our oldest 8th graders and alumni who truly have the smarts, compassion, and empathy to succeed in high school and beyond.”
Katie Rouse, Chief Operating Officer